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Joel NKJV Audio Bible
Book of Joel
Author: The prophet Joel. Purpose: To call God's people to repentance so they could escape judgment and enjoy blessings on the approaching day of the Lord. Date: Unknown Key Truths: Temporary, historical judgments call for repentance. Temporary judgments indicate the importance of repentance for the great day of the Lord. God promises his repentant people salvation from judgment and unending blessings in the future. The book gives us no other information about the prophet, and he is mentioned nowhere else in Scripture. Time and Place of Writing: Since the book of Joel contains no clear indications as to when it was written, it is exceedingly difficult to date the book.
Joel is the second of the twelve prophets in the Book of the Twelve. The Book of the Twelve Prophets was originally on one parchment roll because of the brevity of the text, and together formed one Book of the 24 Books of Hebrew Scripture. These twelve prophets were sometimes named the minor prophets, not because they are of lesser importance, but because their writings are brief. All together the 16 prophets are called the Latter Prophets, as they began writing after the Division of the United Kingdom of Israel. The Book of Joel is apocalyptic in nature, referring to the "Day of the Lord.
Who wrote this book?
The term indicates the short length of the text in relation to longer prophetic texts known as the Major Prophets. After a superscription ascribing the prophecy to Joel son of Pethuel , the book may be broken down into the following sections:. The Book of Joel's division into chapters and verses differs widely between editions of the Bible; some editions have three chapters, others four. In the King James Bible , the Book of Joel is formed by three chapters: the second one has 32 verses, and it is equivalent to the union of the chapter 2 with 26 verses and chapter 3 with 5 verses of other editions of the Bible. The differences of the division is as follows: .