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Joel, Book of
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The Book of Joel has a strong liturgical orientation. A serious plague of locusts and drought (chap. 1) signifies the threatening proximity of the day of Yahweh (2:1–11). This setting issues in a proclamation of a day of lamentation and fasting (2:12–17), which brings about a turn to salvation (2:18–32). The day of Yahweh becomes a day of judgment on foreign peoples, while Jerusalem and Judah experience deliverance and paradisiacal fruitfulness (chap. 3).

The date of the book is contested, though it may be the beginning of the fourth century b.c. (a different view is taken by W. Rud…

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Thiel, Winfried, “Joel, Book of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 13 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_J184>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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