Leslie Allen is the author of the Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah volume in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series.
The eloquent and uncompromising calls for social righteousness by some of the Minor Prophets are familiar to many, yet the writings themselves are probably the least studied and least known texts of the Old Testament.
Those who are familiar with these books are also aware of the historical and literary problems that plague their study.
Drawing on insights from various perspectives — theological, historical, and literary — this commentary on Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah by Leslie Allen carefully and imaginatively reconstructs the stage on which the message of these four books was conveyed to their Hebrew hearers and shows what relevance, in turn, they hold for contemporary Christians.
For each of the books there is a substantial introduction in which the full range of scholarly opinion is presented and assessed, a select bibliography, the author’s own translation of the text — a significant contribution to biblical studies in itself — and an extensive commentary.
The commentary on Micah is the basic one of these four in that it treats at greater length some of the same forms and motifs that appear in Joel, Obadiah, and Jonah.
The introductory material for Joel includes discussions of canonicity and textual criticism that apply to the entire volume. 
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“An excellent commentary that provides all the aids to understanding the biblical text for which the reader might wish. . . The author’s treatment of the problems — literary, historical, and theological — is well informed, fair, and judicious. He demonstrates wide knowledge and fine scholarly judgment.” — Journal of Biblical Literature
“Among the excellent major commentaries . . . evangelicals will look first to Leslie C. Allen’s Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah.” — Christianity Today
“Allen should be commended highly for his neat and concise organization of the complex information on these four books of the Minor Prophets.” — Choice
“Allen’s work is very good, and his commentary should be read by all serious students of these prophets.” — Restoration Quarterly
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