Understanding The Bible
E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
ZEPHANIAH: Introduction and Simple Outline
NAME: Zephaniah means "hid" or "hidden of Jehovah." Some expositors suggest there is a play on words in 2:3 -- "hid in the day of the LORD'S anger."
DATE: In the earlier part of Josiah's reign. (See chart at close of Jeremiah notes in Appendix.) Whitcomb dates him 635-620 BC.
CONTEMPORARIES: Presumptively Nahum and Jeremiah (earlier ministry).
KEY THOUGHT: Jehovah is "in the midst" and can be depended upon to act in accord with His character.
The Day of Jehovah's judgment--"in the midst for judgment"(3:5) 1:1-3:7
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