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Haggai (hăg´āī), prophetic book of the Bible. Dated 520 BC, it is a collection of five oracles addressed to Jews, newly returned from the Babylonian exile. The prophet summons the people to renew work on the restoration of the Temple as the necessary prerequisite for the imminent dawning of the messianic age—the time when the splendor of the Solomonic empire will be reestablished under the earthly rule of a Davidic monarch. The book is addressed to the leader Zerubbabel, a Davidic prince, and the high priest Joshua, saying that the new Temple will be less in material splendor than Solomon's, but its glory will be greater. The book concludes with a Messianic prophecy about Zerubbabel's divine purpose, the imminent overthrow of the nations, and the dawning of the rule (i.e., the Kingdom) of God. For an account of the rebuilding program, see chapters 5 and 6 of the Book of Ezra.

See studies by D. L. Petersen (1984) and C. L. and E. M. Meyers (1987). See also bibliography under Old Testament.

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Haggai (active 6th century bc) Old Testament prophet. He is probably not the author of the Book of Haggai, the tenth of the 12 books of the Minor Prophets. The book records four prophesies made by Haggai in 521 bc, in which he urged the Jews to make haste in rebuilding the Temple.

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Haggai. Post-exilic Jewish prophet. The prophecies contained in Haggai can be dated to 520 BCE (the second year of King Darius) and are concerned primarily with the reconstruction of the Temple.

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Haggai a Hebrew minor prophet of the 6th century. Also, a book of the Bible containing his prophecies of a glorious future in the Messianic age.

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