It is always a pleasure to read Duguid’s writing. His style is eminently pastoral and homiletical and he writes with an eye to preaching OT texts in an explicitly Christocentric and Redemptive-Historical manner. This has been evident to me when reading his other commentaries (e.g., Numbers, Esther & Ruth, Ezekiel and Daniel), sitting in his courses during my time at Westminster Seminary in California, and now in this present volume.
Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi is a nicely formatted volume. Duguid provides his own translation of the Massoretic Text (accompanied by occasional philological notes when necessary) and delineates the textual units of these prophetical books intuitively. His exposition of each unit is broken down into sub-units and makes it clear with bold font (following the formatting of the EP Study Commentary series) which word or phrase he is explicating. This makes for an easy “line by line” guide to the text that still avoids “missing the forest for the trees”; Duguid constantly keeps the bigger picture in view throughout his comments.
A particularly interesting feature of Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, not found in all of the EP Study Commentaries, is a section devoted to “application” of every textual unit. While other volumes weave the application throughout, Duguid’s formatting makes a careful distinction between exegesis and application. His application sections take the time to spell out explicit Christological connections in full and walk readers through a process of bringing these books to bear on matters faced by the Christian church today. Here Duguid’s pastoral gifts shine through; he has always been a great model of what it means to be a scholar/pastor in his writing and teaching!
Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi is not a technical volume, though it is thoroughly informed by (and up to speed with) the critical and technical issues of surrounding these prophetical books. While no doubt intended as a homiletical guide for pastors, I especially recommended it to non-specialists who would like a better understanding of these final books of the minor prophets from a Reformed and Redemptive-Historical point of view.
In coming posts, I’ll be sharing some sections from Duguid’s exposition. This will allow readers to hear both my praise and my critique of this book. Let me make clear, however, that I am delighted with this little volume! I look forward to the next post!