Let me explain before classes begin. Yes, Students, it if fine with me if you want to chew gum, throw paper wads, fold paper airplanes, or eat cookies during our sessions together. If you find me delightful as a teacher please feel free to invite a bff. And, yes, if you want to go study by yourself, that’s all right too.

I am beginning a study of the minor prophets. They are the ones depicted in the image above. They are called minor because their messages were shorter than those prophets who are called the major prophets. They are not “minor” because of importance of content. Daniel is called major even though his book is as long as some of the minor prophets so there is more consideration than just length. I see them as having a more specific message that covers a shorter length of time and often a more limited audience.

My study is not at all thorough and not intended to be a study in theology. Instead I have in mind an audience of beginning Bible students who are interested in how these men can or have already affected their lives. What do they say about how we are to live in America today?

I have read and compared KJ and NIV. I have chosen to use NIV because it is much more practical to most readers of today’s world.

I use these outlines each time I re-read one of these prophets, editing material as I find new applications that I want to remember. I am only highlighting bits and pieces. Those of you who know me, know I do things simple, easy, and with a flair for lightness and humor, and a goal of showing more of the Father’s love for you. I hope you find that in this study. There are numerous teachers who can help you dig deeper.

I will be glad for your thoughts and comments. But remember I am simple, so keep it simple. But point out thoughts for practical Christian living, please. I will learn new things from you as I go along and edit my outlines for future use.

My first two posts are from Hosea. One post has 411 words, the other 497 so you see that I will not be too lengthy. This post is 420 words so you see, none will be overly long. I can’t focus that long! 😀

Most lessons will be completed in one or two posts but they will not be posted consecutively every day because I hope some of you will want to read these books as I post my thoughts about them. My goal will be to post three a week. Come back tomorrow and let’s begin.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Oh this is wonderful— I’m the one on the front row — I may not be the best student but I’m excited about the subject matter !!!

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    I am looking forward to the class. My favorite of these is Habakkuk, but that is because I need to read the others more closely which I will do paced by your lessons.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I love him also, but we will have to wait a while. I have a whole term of lessons for teens called “God Does Not Grade on a Curve” dealing with Habakkuk. I’m going to have a whale of a job editing that down to a couple of blog posts!

  3. Salvageable says:

    Our Sunday Bible class just finished Hosea and is preparing to look at Joel. I really like the artistic representations of the twelve prophets in your poster. J.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I will appreciate tips passed to me for the benefit of others. I should have made note of where that image came from. I think it was just that I googled minor prophet images. I like that each can be zoomed so the themes can be read. Some things about the tech now days is awfully nice.

  4. Faye says:

    Thank you. I hope I can join you on this journey and look up further info on the way. I had to read and re-read Hosea as a discipline in a Bible Course I did long ago . Looking forward to whatever way we may journey here, Blessings.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Hope my outlines will be useful for you. Join along as you can. I will be doing other things along the way so it there will be study time for those who car to be more detailed and thorough with their reading.

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