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Eschatology in Malachi: The emergence of a doctrine

Bob Wielenga
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2091 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2091 | © 2016 Bob Wielenga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 January 2016 | Published: 29 November 2016

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Bob Wielenga, Unit of Reformed Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


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Abstract

In this article the eschatology of Malachi is investigated within its own historical context. The socio-political and spiritual situation of the early postexilic Persian era in Yehud is briefly outlined. The attention is then focused on the prophetic voices which articulated eschatological visions at that point in time. This article’s contention is that Malachi’s eschatology had developed from that of Haggai, being influenced in the process by the eschatological insights of Zechariah and 3 Isaiah. The conclusion is that in Malachi Haggai’s proclamation of eschatological hope is confirmed, albeit adjusted by the introduction of divine judgement into his eschatological discourse in response to the community’s disappointment at the perceived delay in the fulfilment of the promised future.

Keywords

Malachi and eschatology; Eschatology in postexilic prophecy; End-time figures in postexilic prophecy Images of judgment in postexilic prophecy; The prophet Elijah in Malachi

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