Introduction

Introduction

The book of Zephaniah appears ninth among the minor prophets, indicating that the synagogue dated the book to the period before the destruction of Jerusalem (586 b.c.). The superscription states that Zephaniah spoke during the reign of Josiah (1:1). There is no serious objection to dating Zephaniah's ministry to that time; the problem comes in determining exactly when during his reign the prophet worked.