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Micah - Concordia Commentary

by Soenksen, Jason

Item #: 156068 / 2020 / Hardback / 624 Pages


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The interpretation in this commentary seeks to explain the unique and intended sense of Micah’s work but also to place his proclamation in the wider context of the prophets and that of Scripture as a whole. Micah’s words should be read carefully in their own right, in their own context. Though Micah shares themes and vocabulary with other passages in Scripture, he has a unique contribution that is far greater than the identification of, or attempted genealogy of, his dependence on others.

This commentary seeks to give Micah his due, carefully tracing the logic of his argument, the many internal links within his book as Micah’s own intentional ball of string, which the prophet, as a loving Ariadne, has left for those who would make their way through a book that seems at times like something of a labyrinth.

About the Author

The Rev. Dr. Jason Soenksen received a B.A. from Concordia University Chicago, an M.A. in classics from Washington University in St. Louis, and his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. During his seminary education, he also spent a year studying at the Lutherische Theologische Hochshcule in Oberursel, Germany. He has an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC), Cincinnati, in the area of history of biblical interpretation. He participated in a joint program between HUC and the University of Cincinnati Classics Department, combining Bible, classics, and patristics. He serves as professor of theology at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), whose faculty he joined in 2005. He teaches courses in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and the Bible. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Soenksen serves as coordinator of the Great Texts Pathway at CUW, a group of professors who teach courses focused on intensive primary text readings and lively discussion.


"Professor Soenksen argues cogently that the shifts from judgment to hope in the book of Micah need not be the result of editorial reworking of material written centuries apart. A more compelling explanation is that one inspired author proclaimed the message of a God who is both just and merciful."
—Dr. Bill Tackmier, Professor of Old Testament and Homiletics, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

"Philology, the analogy of faith, and theological interpretation are to the fore in this commentary. Coherence is attributed to the original author; predictive prophecy is countenanced. The good news and bad news of Micah’s proclamation is authenticated through the externality of both “the full harshness of the Law, which does not seem right to man, and the abundant comfort of the Gospel, which must come from outside of man.” This Lutheran hermeneutic allows him to offer the reader a rich and detailed interaction with textual and hermeneutical issues, which is both refreshing and educative."
—Dr. Mark Elliott, Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism, University of Glasgow, Scotland

About the Series

Each volume provides an original translation and meticulous grammatical analysis of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek text. Further light is shed on the passage from extrabiblical literature, ancient cultures, and archaeology. The author offers an exposition of the text’s meaning within its original historical context, highlights from its reception history, and a fresh theological interpretation that is eminently relevant today.

Authors are sensitive to the rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes that extend throughout Scripture from creation and the fall into sin to redemption, the return of Christ, and the eschaton. Attention is given to the biblical dialectics of Law and Gospel, sin and grace, death and new life, and the eschatological tension between the “now” and the “not yet” inaugurated by the arrival of the kingdom of God in Christ.

Finally, Scripture’s message is applied to the ongoing life of the church in terms of ministry, worship, proclamation of the Word, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, confession of the faith, and worldwide mission—all in joyful anticipation of the life of the world to come.

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