Joel, book of

One of the Minor Prophets, of uncertain date, but since the Second Temple was standing (Joel 1:14; 2:17) it may have been written in the 5/4th cent. BCE. The country had been ravaged by a plague of locusts which devoured everything in sight, even though they themselves were edible (Lev. 11:21–2; Mark 1:6). The prophet regards the disaster as foreshadowing the day of the Lord (Joel 2:2) of which Amos (5:18) and Isaiah (13:6) had spoken. Joel summons the people to lament and suggests that God will then respond with an outpouring of his prophetic spirit ‘on all mankind’ (2:28–29), for which Moses had prayed (Num. 11:29) and which the Church later believed to be in principle fulfilled on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:17). Israel's enemies will be destroyed in the valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:1–14).

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