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The delay of the Day of the Lord in Malachi: A missional reading

Bob Wielenga
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 52, No 1 | a2362 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v52i1.2362 | © 2018 Bob Wielenga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 February 2018 | Published: 23 August 2018

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Bob Wielenga, KwaZulu-Natal Missionary and Bible College; Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa

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In this article, the missional significance of the delay of the Day of the Lord in the postexilic book of Malachi will be studied, employing a missional hermeneutic. First, the canon-historical meaning of the relevant eschatological texts in Malachi 3 will be established. Attention will be paid to the historical and literary context of Malachi in which his precursor, Joel, is pivotal. Second, the New Testament appropriation of Malachi 3 in Matthew’s Gospel is assessed. To conclude, a proposal how Malachi’s motif of the delay of the Day of the Lord can best be missionally re-employed in the present time, will be presented. Hence, apart from a brief note on missional hermeneutics, the missional origin of the text of Malachi, the missional motivation for the delay and the role of the Day of the Lord in modern missiology will be studied.


Day of the Lord in Joel; Day of the Lord in Malachi; Day of the Lord and John the Baptist; Missional hermeneutics; Missional significance of the day of the Lord; Day of the Lord in missiology


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