Biblical Bibliographies
Charles Conroy [www.cjconroy.net]



The Book of the Twelve Prophets: Commentaries (post-1800)



[see also: commentaries on the individual books of the Twelve]


With few exceptions, only commentaries on all the Twelve or at least six of them are listed here; commentaries on smaller groups of books within the Twelve are put in the appropriate book-bibliographies.

The bibliography is divided into two sections as follows:

I.    Commentaries published between 1800 and 1930

Driver, S. R., The Minor Prophets: Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. Introduction, Revised Version with Notes, Index and Map (The Century Bible; Edinburgh: T. C. & E. C. Jack, 1906) [for the other books in the Twelve, see s.v. Horton below]

Ewald, G. H. A., Die Propheten des Alten Bundes. Erste Ausgabe, in zwei Bänden (Stuttgart: Adolph Krabbe, 1840-1841).

Ewald, G. H. A., Die Propheten des Alten Bundes. Zweite Ausgabe, in drei Bänden (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1867-1868): Band 1: Jesaja mit den übrigen älteren Propheten (1867); Band 2: Jeremia und Ezechiel mit ihren Zeitgenossen (1868); Band 3: Die jüngsten Propheten des Alten Bundes mit den Büchern Barukh und Daniel (1868). English version of the second edition: Commentary on the Prophets of the Old Testament. 5 vols. (Theological Translation Fund Library, IX / XII / XVIII / XXI / XXVI; London & Edinburgh: Williams and Norgate, 1875-1881).

Gressmann, H., Die älteste Geschichtsschreibung und Prophetie Israels (von Samuel bis Amos und Hosea). Zweite, stark umgearbeitete Auflage (Die Schriften des Alten Testaments in Auswahl, 2/1; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1921). [first ed. 1910] [for the other books of the Twelve in this series see s.v. Haller and Schmidt below]

Haller, M., Das Judentum. Geschichtsschreibung, Prophetie und Gesetzgebung nach dem Exil. Übersetzt, erklärt und mit Einleitung versehen. Zweite, vermehrte und verbesserte Auflage (Die Schriften des Alten Testaments in Auswahl, 2/3; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1925) [first ed. 1914] [the following books of the Twelve are presented – Joel, Obadiah, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi] [for the other books of the Twelve in this series see s.v. Gressmann above and Schmidt below]

Hitzig, F., Die zwölf kleinen Propheten. 4. Auflage, herausgegeben von H. Steiner (KeH; Leipzig: Hirzel, 1881). First, second, and third editions by Hitzig alone: (KeH, Lief. 1; Leipzig: Weidmann, 1838 / 1852 / 1863).

Hoonacker, A. S. van, Les douze Petits Prophètes (EB; Paris: Gabalda, 1908).

Horton, R. F., The Minor Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah. Introduction, Revised Version with Notes, Index and Map (The Century Bible: Edinburgh: T.C. & E.C. Jack [1901]). [for the other books in the Twelve, see s.v. Driver above]

Kautzsch, E. (trans.) – A. Bertholet (ed.), Die Heilige Schrift des Alten Testaments in Verbindung mit anderen übersetzt von Emil Kautzsch. Band 2: Hosea bis Chronik. Beilagen. Register. 4., umgearbeitete Auflage in Verbindung mit den früheren Mitarbeitern und Otto Eissfeldt herausgegen von Alfred Bertholet (Tübingen: Mohr, 1923). [the translations and notes on the Twelve were authored as follows: Hosea (Guthe), Joel (Marti), Amos (Guthe), Obadja (Marti), Jona (Kautzsch, rev. by Bertholet), Micha (Guthe), Nahum (Kautzsch, rev. by Bertholet), Habakuk (Guthe), Zephanja (Rothstein), Haggai (Marti), Sacharja (Marti), Maleachi (Marti)]

Keil, C. F., Biblischer Commentar über die zwölf kleinen Propheten. 3., nachgebesserte Auflage (Biblischer Commentar über das Alte Testament, 3. Teil: Die prophetischen Bücher, Band 4; Leipzig: Dörffling & Franke, 1888). First and second editions: 1866 and 1873. Original English translation: The Twelve Minor Prophets. 2 vols. (Clark's Foreign Theological Library, 4th series, vols. 17-18; Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1868) [from the first German edition]. Various revisions and reprints of the English versions followed in the UK and USA. Electronic editions are widely available.

Knabenbauer, J., Commentarius in Prophetas Minores. 2 vol. (Cursus Scripturae Sacrae. Commentariorum in V.T. Pars III in libros propheticos. V, 1-2; Paris: Lethielleux, 1886).

Knabenbauer, J. – M. van der Hagen, Commentarius in Prophetas Minores. Editio altera, 2 vol. (Cursus Scripturae Sacrae. Sectio altera: commentarii in V.T., 24-25; Paris: Lethielleux, 1923-1924).

Marti, K., Das Dodekapropheton (KHC 13; Tübingen: Mohr [Siebeck], 1904).

Nowack, W., Die kleinen Propheten übersetzt und erklärt. Dritte neubearbeitete Auflage (HKAT III/4; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1922). First and second editions: 1897 and 1903.

Orelli, C. von, Das Buch Ezechiel und die zwölf kleinen Propheten (Kurzgefaßter Kommentar zu den heiligen Schriften Alten und Neuen Testamentes sowie zu den Apokryphen, A.5; Nördlingen: Beck, 1888). [the series editors were Hermann Leberecht Strack and Otto Zöckler]

Orelli, C. von, Die zwölf kleinen Propheten. 2., verbesserte Auflage (Kurzgefaßter Kommentar zu den heiligen Schriften Alten und Neuen Testamentes sowie zu den Apokryphen, Altes Testament, 5.2; München: Beck, 1896).

Orelli, C. von, Die zwölf kleinen Propheten. 3., neubearbeitete Auflage. Mit einem Anhang: "Zur Metrik der hebräischen Prophetenschriften" (Kurzgefaßter Kommentar zu den heiligen Schriften Alten und Neuen Testamentes sowie zu den Apokryphen, Altes Testament, 5.2; München: Beck, 1908).

Pusey, E. B., The Minor Prophets: with a Commentary, Explanatory and Practical, and Introductions to the Several Books (Oxford: J.H. & J. Parker, 1860). [various reprints followed, often in multiple volumes, in the UK and USA]

Schmidt, H., Die großen Propheten übersetzt und erklärt. Mit Einleitungen versehen von Hermann Gunkel. Zweite, vermehrte und verbesserte Auflage (Die Schriften des Alten Testaments in Auswahl, 2/2; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1923). [first ed. 1915] [the following books of the Twelve are presented: Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah] [for the other books of the Twelve in this series see s.v. Gressmann and Haller above]

Sellin, E., Das Zwölfprophetenbuch (KAT 12; Leipzig: Deichert, 1922). [first edition in one volume]

Sellin, E., Das Zwölfprophetenbuch, 1. Hälfte: Hosea-Micha; 2. Hälfte: Nahum-Maleachi. Zweite und dritte umgearbeitete Auflage (KAT 12/1-2; Leipzig: Deichert, 1929-1930). [two volumes with continuous pagination]

Smith, G. A., The Book of the Twelve Prophets Commonly Called the Minor: in Two Volumes. Vol. 1: Amos, Hosea and Micah. Vol. 2: Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah I-VIII, "Malachi", Joel, "Zechariah" IX-XIV, and Jonah (The Expositor's Bible, 8th Series; London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1896 & 1898).

Smith, G. A., The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Commonly Called the Minor: in Two Volumes. Vol.1: Amos, Hosea and Micah: with an Introduction and a Sketch of Prophecy in Early Israel. Vol. 2: Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Joel, Jonah. New and revised ed. (George Adam Smith's Works on the Prophets; London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1928).

Wellhausen, J., Skizzen und Vorarbeiten. Fünftes Heft: Die kleinen Propheten übersetzt, mit Noten (Berlin: Reimer, 1892).

Wellhausen, J., Die kleinen Propheten übersetzt und erklärt (Berlin: Reimer, 1892, 21893, 31898). [with later reprints]

II.    Commentaries published from 1931 to the present

Achtemeier, E. R., Minor Prophets I (New International Biblical Commentary. Old Testament Series, 17; Peabody, MT: Hendrickson, 1996). [comments on Hos – Mic] [for vol. II see s.v. Goldingay & Scalise below]

Achtemeier, E. R., Nahum – Malachi (Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching: Atlanta: John Knox, 1986); = I dodici Profeti. Parte seconda: Naum, Abacuc, Sofonia, Aggeo, Zaccaria, Malachia (Strumenti 31; Torino Claudiana, 2007). [for the First Part see s.v. Limburg below]

Alonso Schökel, L., Doce profetas menores: Oseas, Joel, Amós, Abdías, Jonás, Miqueas, Nahum, Habacuc, Sofonías, Ageo, Zacarías, Malaquías. Traducción, introducciones, notas de Luis Alonso Schökel, con la colaboración literaria de José María Valverde (Los libros sagrados; Madrid: Ediciones Cristiandad, 1966).

Alonso Schökel, L. – J. L. Sicre Diaz, Profetas. Vol 2:. Ezequiel. Doce Profetas menores. Daniel. Baruc. Carta de Jeremias (Nueva Biblia Española. Comentario; Madrid: Ediciones Cristiandad, 1980) 857-1220. Versions in Italian: I Profeti: traduzione e commento (Roma: Borla, 1984) [the whole work in one volume], and Portuguese: Profetas I-II (São Paulo: Edições Paulinas, 1988 /1991).

Ben Zvi, E., "The Twelve Minor Prophets. Introduction and Annotations", in A. Berlin – M. Z. Brettler (eds.), The Jewish Study Bible. Jewish Publication Society Tanakh Translation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) 1125-1261. [first ed. 2004: 1239-1274]

Davis, M. (ed.), The Milstein Edition of the Later Prophets: The Twelve Prophets / Trei Asar, with a Commentary Anthologized from the Rabbinic Writings. Based on works by Matis Roberts and Yitzchok Stavsky (Brooklyn, NY: ArtScroll Mesorah Publications, 2014). [see below for Roberts and Stavsky]

Durken, D. (ed.), The New Collegeville Bible Commentary: Old Testament (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015) 1482-1668 (on the Twelve Prophets, by J. J. Collins, C. J. Dempsey, and I. Nowell). The same commentaries are available in D. Durken (ed.), The New Collegeville Bible Commentary (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017) 866-982.

Elliger, K., Das Buch der zwölf Kleinen Propheten, II: Die Propheten Nahum, Habakuk, Zephanja, Haggai, Sacharja, Maleachi (ATD 25; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1949). The following editions, up to the seventh (1975), differed only in minor changes and some bibliographical updating. [for vol. I see s.v. Weiser below]

Floyd, M. H., Minor Prophets, Part 2 (FOTL 22; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000). [comments on the books from Nahum to Malachi]

Fohrer, G., Die Propheten des Alten Testaments. 7 vol. (Gütersloh: Mohn, 1974-1977). Details: Band 1: Die Propheten des 8. Jahrhunderts: Amos, Hosea, Jesaja, Micha (1974). Band 2: Die Propheten des 7. Jahrhunderts: Zephanja, Nahum, Habakuk, Jeremia (1974). Band 3: Die Propheten des frühen 6. Jahrhunderts: Ezechiel, Obadja, unbekannte Propheten über Israel (1975). Band 4: Die Propheten des mittleren und späteren 6. Jahrhunderts. Völkerworte, Deuterojesaja, Propheten in den Spuren Deuterojesajas, unbekannte Propheten über Israel (1975). Band 5: Die Propheten des ausgehenden 6. und des 5. Jahrhunderts: Haggai, Sacharja, Maleachi, Worte unbekannter Propheten (1976). Band 6: Die Propheten seit dem 4. Jahrhundert: Joel, Sach 9-14, Worte unbekannter Propheten aus anderen Prophetenbüchern (1976). Band 7: Prophetenerzählungen. Einzelerzählungen aus den Königsbüchern, Elia, Elisa, Jesaja, Jona. Gesamtregister der Prophetentexte (1977).

Fretheim, T. E., Reading Hosea–Micah: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Reading the Old Testament; Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2013). [see s.v. Tuell for the other six books]

Goldingay, J. – P. Scalise, Minor Prophets II (New International Biblical Commentary, 18; Peabody, MT: Hendrickson, 2009). [Goldingay commented on Nah, Hab, Zeph, Hag; Scalise on Zech and Mal] [for vol. I see s.v. Achtemeier 1996 above]

Junker, H., Die zwölf kleinen Propheten, 2: Nahum, Habakuk, Sophonias, Aggäus, Zacharias, Malachias (Die Heilige Schrift des Alten Testamentes, 8,3,2; Bonn: Hanstein, 1938). [for part 1 see s.v. Lippl & Theis]

Jepsen, A., Das Zwölfprophetenbuch übersetzt und ausgelegt (Bibelhilfe für die Gemeinde, Alttestamentliche Reihe; Leipzig & Hamburg: Schloeßmann, 1937).

Keck, L. E. (gen. ed.), The New Interpreter's Bible. Vol. 7: Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature, Daniel, Additions to Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1996). [see the commentary bibliographies for the individual books for details about authors and pages]

Limburg, J., Hosea – Micah (Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching; Atlanta, GA: John Knox, 1988); = I dodici Profeti. Parte prima: Osea, Gioele, Amos, Abdia, Giona, Michea (Strumenti 23; Torino Claudiana, 2005). [see s.v. Achtemeier above for the Second Part]

Lippl, J. – J. Theis, Die zwölf kleinen Propheten, 1: Osee, Joel, Amos, Abdias, Jonas, Michäas (Die Heilige Schrift des Alten Testamentes, 8,3,1; Bonn: Hanstein, 1937). [for part 2 see s.v. Junker]

Longman III, T. – D. E. Garland (eds.), Daniel – Malachi (The Expositor's Bible Commentary, revised edition, 8; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008).

McComiskey, T. E. (gen. ed.), The Minor Prophets. An Exegetical and Expository Commentary. 3 vol. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1992 / 1993 / 1998). The three vols were reprinted in a single vol.: Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009. [see the commentary bibliographies for the individual books for details about authors and pages]

Nogalski, J. D., The Book of the Twelve: Hosea–Jonah (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary, 18a; Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2011).

Nogalski, J. D., The Book of the Twelve: Micah–Malachi (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary, 18b; Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2011).

Nötscher, F., Die Heilige Schrift in deutscher Übersetzung, Das Alte Testament, 4. Zwölfprophetenbuch oder: Kleine Propheten (Echter-Bibel; Würzburg: Echter-Verlag, 1948). Later published with other prophetic books: Die Heilige Schrift in deutscher Übersetzung. Das Alte Testament, 3: Isaias, Jeremias, Klagelieder, Baruch, Ezechiel, Daniel, Zwölfprophetenbuch. 1. Auflage der Gesamtausgabe (Würzburg: Echter, 1958).

O'Brien, J. M., Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries; Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2004). [for the other six books see s.v. Simundson below]

Roberts, M., Trei Asar / The Twelve Prophets. A New Translation with a Commentary Anthologized from Talmudic, Midrashic, and Rabbinic Sources. Vol. 1: Hosea/Hoshea; Joel/Yoel; Amos; Obadiah/Ovadiah. With an Overview: "The Later Prophets: Unity and Mission" by Rabbi Joseph Elias (Artscroll Tanach Series; Brooklyn, NY: Mesorah Publications, 1995). [for vol. 2 see s.v. Stavsky below] [see also s.v. Davis above for a later adaptation of this work]

Robinson, T. H. – F. Horst, Die Zwölf kleinen Propheten (HAT I/14: Tübingen: Mohr [Siebeck], 1938, 21954, 31964). [Robinson commented on the books from Hosea to Micah; Horst on Nahum to Malachi]

Rosenberg, A. J. (ed.), Book of the Twelve Prophets: A New English Translation. Translation of Text, Rashi and Commentary by A. J. Rosenberg. 2 vol. (Judaica, Books of the Prophets; New York: Judaica Press, 1986 / 1988).

Simundson, D. J., Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah (Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries; Nashville: Abingdon, 2005). [for the other six books see s.v. O'Brien above]

Stavsky, Y., Trei Asar II / Twelve Prophets II: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi. A New Translation with a Commentary Anthologized from Talmudic and Rabbinic sources (Artscroll Tanach Series; Brooklyn, NY: ArtScroll Mesorah Publications, 2009). [for vol. 1 see s.v. Roberts above] [see also s.v. Davis above for a later adaptation of this work]

Sweeney, M. A., The Twelve Prophets, Volume 1: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah (Berit Olam; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press / Michael Glazier, 2000).

Sweeney, M. A., The Twelve Prophets, Volume 2: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (Berit Olam; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press / Michael Glazier, 2000).

Tuell, S., Reading Nahum–Malachi: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Reading the Old Testament; Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2016). [see s.v. Fretheim above for the first six books]

Weiser, A., Das Buch der zwölf Kleinen Propheten, I: Die Propheten Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadja, Jona, Micha (ATD 24; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1950). The following editions, up to the seventh (1979) differed only in minor changes and some bibliographical updating. [for vol. II on the Twelve Prophets see s.v. Elliger above]