Malachi

In Hebrew, ‘my messenger’; the title given to the last book of the OT, taken from the words in 3:1. The book itself is anonymous. Its date of composition is estimated at about 450 BCE, after the restoration of the Temple (515 BCE) but before the reforms of Nehemiah (445 BCE) and Ezra. The author was closely connected with the Temple and its rituals and he deplores a lack of reverence (1:14) in the performance of sacrifices (1:8) and payment of tithes (3:8). The priests have so signally failed that God has withdrawn his favour from the people of the covenant (2:2). The people have been equally faithless and given to offering in sacrifice animals that were feeble or defective (1:13), and those who succeeded in riding out the economic depression were oppressing the helpless (3:5). There was a remedy: return to the Lord (3:7). Then there will be abundant blessings (3:10) for God-fearers, but evildoers will be destroyed (3:13–4:3). The day of judgement will be preceded by the advent of the prophet Elijah (4:5), so that the last three verses of the OT are taken up in the NT by the accounts of John the Baptist (Mark 1:2 and Matt. 17:12).

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  • Malachi — 1 Malachi 2 Malachi 3 Malachi 4 …   The King James version of the Bible

  • Malachi — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: John Malachi (1919–1987), US amerikanischer Jazzpianist und Arrangeur Kai Malachi (* 1992), israelischer Eishockeyspieler Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung meh …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Malachi — masc. proper name, O.T. name of the last in order of the Twelve Prophets, from Heb. Mal akhi, lit. my messenger, from mal akh messenger, from Semitic base l k (Cf. Arabic la aka he sent ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Malachi — [mal′ə kī΄] n. [Heb mal ākhī, lit., my messenger] Bible 1. a Hebrew prophet of the 5th cent. B.C. 2. the book containing prophecies attributed to him: abbrev. Mal or Mi …   English World dictionary

  • Malachi — For the prophetic book, see Book of Malachi. For other uses, see Malachy (disambiguation). The Prophet Malachi, painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1310 (Museo dell Opera del Duomo, Siena Cathedral). Malachi, Malachias or Mal achi ( …   Wikipedia

  • Malachi — /mal euh kuy /, n. 1. a Minor Prophet of the 5th century B.C. 2. the book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbr.: Mal. Also, Douay Bible, Malachias /mal euh kuy euhs/. * * * The anonymous author of the biblical book of Malachi and the last of the… …   Universalium

  • Malachi — noun 1. a Hebrew minor prophet of the 5th century BC • Syn: ↑Malachias • Instance Hypernyms: ↑prophet 2. an Old Testament book containing the prophecies of Malachi • Syn: ↑Malachias, ↑Book of Malachi …   Useful english dictionary

  • Malachi — noun Etymology: Hebrew Mal ākhī Date: 14th century 1. a prophetic book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture see bible table 2. used as the conventional name for the unidentified fifth century B.C. writer of the book of Malachi …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Malachi —    Messenger or angel, the last of the minor prophets, and the writer of the last book of the Old Testament canon (Mal. 4:4, 5, 6). Nothing is known of him beyond what is contained in his book of prophecies. Some have supposed that the name is… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Malachi 1 — 1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. 2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, 3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and …   The King James version of the Bible

  • Malachi — Mal·a·chi || mælÉ™kaɪ n. minor Biblical prophet of the 5th century BC; book of the Old Testament named for the prophet Malachi; male first name …   English contemporary dictionary

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