By Jason T. Lecureux
'Return to me', announces Yhwh of Hosts, 'and i'm going to go back to you', pronounces Yhwh of Hosts. The sentence stands on the head of the prophecy of Zechariah (1.3). yet what does it suggest to 'return to Yhwh'? And what does it suggest that Yhwh 'will go back to you'? LeCureux argues that it really is this name to repentance, and Yhwh's responses to it, that shape the unifying and organizing subject matter of go back for the booklet of the Twelve. whereas experiences at the improvement and composition of the Twelve have proved fruitful lately, this booklet makes an attempt to extend on these works by means of having a look heavily on the ultimate kind of the Twelve, quite of its commencing and shutting books (Hosea-Joel, Zechariah-Malachi), and the function that canonical place and subject matter play in the ebook. This undertaking starts off through defining the functionality of subject in biblical books, after which compares the position topic performs in Isaiah with its function within the Twelve, ahead of conducting the first activity of exegesis. LeCureux examines using 'return' within the Twelve, displaying that it's the name to come back that controls the occasions of the Day of Yhwh. Going extra, the exegesis uncovers the hyperlinks among the go back imperatives of Hosea 14, Joel 2, Zechariah's personal calls to come back and Malachi's concluding query, 'How are we to return?'(3.7). what's eventually printed is the multifaceted nature of God's dating together with his humans, person who contains the people's fight to show from covenantal disobedience towards Yhwh in repentance, in addition to Yhwh's personal turning from judgment towards his humans in blessing.