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Esau’s Doom


Popular commentaries on the Bible are not always the most fun things to read. Sometimes authors ignore the text completely and go off in a direction that is far from the book they are supposed to be discussing. Other times you might find an author who is more interested in proof texting and discussing his or her favorite doctrines rather than helping the reader learn more about the text. Often popular commentaries are shallow and don’t address the issues that average readers of the Bible struggle to understand. Writing a good popular commentary is difficult, but Michael Whitworth has succeeded in writing an excellent commentary on the obscure book of Obadiah. Esau’s Doom is a great introduction to a prophetic book that most Christians know little or nothing about.

Not just anyone can write a commentary that is enjoyable, educational, and that everyone can read, but that is exactly what Michael Whitworth has done. He does a great job of engaging more technical books and boiling down the important information that help readers understand the background and issues at hand within Obadiah. He also includes many helpful illustrations that make the ancient text come alive. Not only that, Michael is a great writer. His writing style is not stuffy or boring. Michael’s love for God and scripture comes through in his writing. The reader is able to feel Michael’s excitement for God’s holy word and his excitement is contagious.

Esau’s Doom is a great book for Bible teachers, ministers, and anyone who wants to know more about Obadiah. You do not have to be an expert theologian to understand this commentary. Esau’s Doom is a commentary that anyone can pick up and learn from. It does not read like a commentary, but instead read’s like an interesting article that opens the reader’s eyes to new information. The information found within this book will help a person teach a class on Obadiah, or simply understand the Bible better.

Obadiah is a brief book. It consists of twenty-one verses. It’s brevity is probably one of the reasons for its obscurity. Because Obadiah is not a lengthy book, Esau’s Doom is not long or wordy either. Michael has done a great job of making his commentary reflect the book which is its focus. A person could read Obadiah and Esau’s Doom in one setting. We live in a culture that is obsessed with busyness. We fill each fleeting moment with things that are designed to distract. Why not spend an afternoon getting to know a book of the Bible you may not be familiar with? Michael Whitworth has made it easy to do just that, and we should be thankful for his noble effort that we are able to benefit from.

You can learn more about Esau’s Doom and download a copy here.


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