Author: Joel, son of Pethuel
Date Written: 900-400 BC
Joel is a short prophetic book which speaks of the coming "day of the LORD." (1:15) The name "Joel" means "Yahweh is God." The book begins by describing a plague of locusts sweeping through the
The book is very hard to place in the chronology of
The Church always reads Joel 2 on Ash Wednesday to invite us to return to the Lord with all our hearts, with "fasting, weeping and mourning" for the duration of Lent (2:12).
The book reveals God to be "gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love." (2:13) While he is concerned with sin and justice, he has mercy on those who repent. He vindicates those who belong to him.
By Mark Giszczak