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Bible Fiber: The Twelve Minor Prophets

Exploring the Textures and Shades of the Prophetic Tapestry

Bible Fiber explores the Twelve Minor Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Often misunderstood biblical heroes, the Minor Prophets served as God’s unfiltered mouthpieces, living on earth but keeping their ear attuned to heaven. This book will help believers comprehend the vibrant messages woven throughout their writings.

Over four chaotic centuries (8th–5th century BCE), God turned up the volume on his prophetic amplifier. As war drums from Assyria and Babylon resounded, the prophets frantically preached repentance. The rallying cry, “Return to me and I will return to you,” epitomized their plea for restoration with God—a timeless message that echoes even today.

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Bible Fiber teaches the culture, religion, and politics of the ancient Near East. The prophets confronted social injustice, immorality, idolatry, violence, and empty religiosity. While critiquing their contemporary world, these men of faith delivered a hope-filled dispatch for the world to come. Their oracles granted a sneak peek behind God’s veiled plan of redemption, ultimately fulfilled in the saving work of Jesus.

In the prophetic books, believers have inherited the products of divine revelation. The thread tying the prophecies together is an assurance that, if you seek God, you will find God. I pray that by taking on this Bible reading challenge, diving deep into the prophetic word, you will adopt the anthem of Amos: “Seek me and live!” And you will take on Micah’s call to action: “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.”

Studying the textures and shades of the prophetic tapestry, you will appreciate even more God’s ultimate revelation in the incarnation. In Jesus, we have all been offered the red carpet leading us to full reconciliation with our creator.

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Bible Fiber: The Podcast

In 100 episodes over the course of three years, Bible Fiber has done a weekly deep dive into the 12 Minor Prophets, a minicourse on why prophecy ended, an in-depth study on Ezra and Nehemiah, and another minicourse on the Peoples of the Bible. In 2024, we started a chapter-by-chapter study of our first Major Prophet, Ezekiel.

I believe the reason so many Christians are walking away from the faith of their youth is that they have lost touch with their Bible. The widespread decline of spiritual health correlates with the loss of biblical literacy. Christians read the same thirty percent of the scriptures, mostly the gospels and Paul’s letters, and they neglect the Torah, prophets, and narratives of the Hebrew Bible. The result is that Christians believe in the Messiah, but they cannot appreciate the 2,000 years of Jewish messianic hope and expectation that preceded the birth of Jesus.

Please join me for this Bible reading challenge as we return to God by returning to the whole of the scriptures.

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Shelley Neese

About Shelley

Shelley Neese is president of The Jerusalem Connection, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and activate Christian support for Israel and the Jewish people. Shelley is the author of The Copper Scroll Project and host of the Bible Fiber podcast. She studied in Israel for three years, where she received her Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University. Shelley is now pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Biblical History and Archaeology at The Bible Seminary.

Her writings can be found in a multitude of publications, including but not limited to The Jerusalem Report, Israel Today, FrontPage Magazine, and The Sentinel. She has made interview appearances on the Eric Metaxas Show on TBN, Jerusalem Dateline with Chris Mitchell on CBN, SkyWatch TV, and The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck, to name a few. Shelley has dedicated her life to sharing the story of Israel, both ancient and modern. She lives in Arizona with her four children and her husband, a physician in the U.S. Air Force.

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