Who was the author? The Holy Spirit inspired the book of Micah through the prophet named Micah of Moresheth Gath, one of thirteen Biblical figures with that name.
What is the book? The book of Micah contains his prophecies about the destruction of Israel and Judah and about the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem.
Where was it written? Given that Micah continued to prophecy after the fall of the northern kingdom, his book was probably written in the southern kingdom, Judah, if not in its capital city, Jerusalem.
When was it written? Jeremiah mentions Micah (Jeremiah 26:18) and helps us know when Micah prophesied, which is some time between 750-686 B.C.
Why? Despite God's prophecies of judgment against His people, Micah also records His promises of hope and restoration.
How? Like his contemporary Isaiah, Micah uses vigorous language and multiple figures of speech and tenderly threatens punishment and promises justice. Micah also makes plays on words.
For further reading on the book of Micah:
- Keil, C.F. and F. Delitzsch. Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament, Volume X: Minor Prophets , translated by James Martin and published as two volumes in one. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, reprinted March 1986. (There are some 96 pages on Micah.)
- Kretzmann, Paul E. Popular Commentary of the Bible: The Old Testament, Volume II, The Poetical and the Prophetical Books. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1924. (This volume, one that is in our Grace library, has 10 pages on Micah.)