noun \ˌze-fə-ˈnī-ə\

Definition of ZEPHANIAH

:  a Hebrew prophet of the seventh century b.c.
:  an apocalyptic book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture — see bible table


Hebrew Ṣĕphanyāh
First Known Use: 1568


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(flourished 7th century BC) One of the 12 Minor Prophets of the Hebrew scriptures, traditional author of the book of Zephaniah. (The work is part of a larger book, The Twelve, in the Jewish canon.) He prophesied in the reign of Josiah, denouncing the worship of foreign gods, which suggests that he preached before the reforms instituted by Josiah. His dominant theme is the coming “day of the Lord,” a time of divine judgment for Judah's sins.


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