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Malachi (mă´ləkī, –kē), book of the Bible, the last book in the order of the Authorized Version and 12th of the books of the Minor Prophets. Its title Malachi is taken from the opening verse of chapter 3 and means "my messenger." On internal evidence the book, a collection of prophetic oracles, is usually dated c.460 BC, shortly before the reforms of Nehemiah and Ezra. After a protestation of God's love for Israel, the prophet rebukes the priests for their negligence and the people for their foreign marriages. Finally, there is a prophecy of the coming Day of Judgment, anticipated by the appearance of a messenger and the reappearance of Elijah.

See E. Achtemeier, Nahum–Malachi (1986); see also bibliography under Old Testament.

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Malachi

Malachi Last of the books of the 12 minor prophets and last book of all of the Old Testament in the Authorized Version. Probably written c.460 bc, it addresses the Jews who had returned to Judaea after the Babylonian Captivity but were disillusioned by the continuing harshness of their existence.

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Malachi a book of the Bible belonging to a period before Ezra and Nehemiah. The word in Hebrew means literally ‘my messenger’; Malachi is probably not a personal name, though often taken as such.

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Malachi, Book of

Malachi, Book of. Last of the books of the Jewish minor prophets. Malachi is of anonymous authorship, but was probably written early in the post-exilic period.

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