Malachi (Biblical book)
The Book of Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. It is a prophetic work, usually considered one of the twelve minor prophets. Most of the book consists of words spoken by God to the prophet Malachi, recorded as direct speech.
At the start of the book, God briefly discusses Edom, an enemy nation to Israel which appears recently to have been destroyed (this may be the destruction foretold in the Book of Obadiah). God says that Edom will not be rebuilt.
The book then moves on to condemn various practices of the Jews of the time, particularly their priests, who are accused of offering impure sacrifices, dishonouring God, and generally not acting as would befit their office.
Perhaps the most interesting passage to Christians is the beginning of Malachi 3, where God promises to send "a messenger" (Malachi 3:1) who will purify the priesthood and cause men "to bring offerings in righteousness" (Malachi 3:3). To Christians, this appears to be a prophesy relating to the Messiah, ie Jesus.
|Books of the Bible|
|Pentateuch (Torah)||Genesis • Exodus • Leviticus • Numbers • Deuteronomy|
|History||Joshua • Judges • Ruth • I Samuel • II Samuel • I Kings • II Kings • I Chronicles • II Chronicles • Ezra • Nehemiah • Esther|
|Wisdom Literature||Job • Psalms • Proverbs • Ecclesiastes • Song of Solomon|
|Major Prophets||Isaiah • Jeremiah • Lamentations • Ezekiel • Daniel|
|Minor Prophets||Hosea • Joel • Amos • Obadiah • Jonah • Micah • Nahum • Habakkuk • Zephaniah • Haggai • Zechariah • Malachi|
|The Gospels||According to Matthew • According to Mark • According to Luke • According to John|
|History||Acts of the Apostles|
|Pauline Epistles||Romans • I Corinthians • II Corinthians • Galatians • Ephesians • Philippians • Colossians • I Thessalonians • II Thessalonians • I Timothy • II Timothy • Titus • Philemon|
|General Epistles||Hebrews • James • I Peter • II Peter • I John • II John • III John • Jude|
|Prophecy||The Revelation to John|