Raymond B. Dillard and Tremper Longman III
AN INTRODUCTION to the OLD TESTAMENT
According to Luther, “the prophets have a queer way of talking, like people who instead of proceeding in an orderly manner, ramble off from one thing to the next so that you cannot make head or tail of them or see what they are getting at” (quoted in Smith, 8). No prophet illustrates this statement better than Micah. It is easy to get lost in the mix of his judgment and salvation speeches. The structure is hard to fathom. On the other hand, Micah, the sixth of the minor prophets, compares with Isaiah in terms of rhetorical eloquence and power. Also, embedded in Micah are some of the most well-known texts in the Old Testament, texts that describe the elevation of the mountain of God (Mic. 4:1-5), foretells of a ruler who will come out of Bethlehem (5:2), and lists justice, mercy, and humility as those traits God desires to see in his people (6:6-8).