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Zephaniah

, prophet in the Bible
Zephaniah (zĕfˌənīˈə), in the Bible. 1 Prophet, author of the book of Zephaniah. 2 Father of Hen. 3 Father of Josiah (2.) 4 Singer. 5 Important priest at the time of the Captivity.

Zephaniah

, book of the Bible
Zephaniah (zĕfˌənīˈə), prophetic book of the Bible. The prophet, who lived in the reign (c.640–609 B.C.) of King Josiah of Judah, traces his genealogy to King Hezekiah. Zephaniah denounces Judah for idolatry, luxury, and for presuming on God's protection. The Day of the Lord, the prophet announces, will bring doom on Judah's people and on the nations. However, the book ends with a prediction of salvation and the return from captivity of a remnant of Israel. One oracle in chapter 3, a picture of restored Jerusalem, is almost certainly a post-exilic addition.

Bibliography

See studies by D. Baker (1988), O. P. Robertson (1990), and J. J. M. Roberts (1990).

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Zephaniah

1 Old Testament
1. a Hebrew prophet of the late 7th century bc
2. the book containing his oracles, which are chiefly concerned with the approaching judgment by God upon the sinners of Judah

Zephaniah

2
Benjamin. born 1958, British poet, writer, and activist, born in Jamaica. His poetry collections include The Dread Affair (1985) and Too Black, Too Strong (2001)
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