Malachias

Malachi

[mal-uh-kahy]
noun
1.
a Minor Prophet of the 5th century b.c.
2.
the book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Mal.
Also, Douay Bible, Malachias [mal-uh-kahy-uhs] .
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Malachi (ˈmæləˌkaɪ)
 
n
1.  a Hebrew prophet of the 5th century bc
2.  Douay spelling: Malachias the book containing his oracles

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Malachi
masc. proper name, O.T. name of the last in order of the Twelve Prophets, from Heb. Mal'akhi, lit. "my messenger," from mal'akh "messenger," from Sem. base l-'-k (cf. Arabic la'aka "he sent").
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Malachi definition


messenger or angel, the last of the minor prophets, and the writer of the last book of the Old Testament canon (Mal. 4:4, 5, 6). Nothing is known of him beyond what is contained in his book of prophecies. Some have supposed that the name is simply a title descriptive of his character as a messenger of Jehovah, and not a proper name. There is reason, however, to conclude that Malachi was the ordinary name of the prophet. He was contemporary with Nehemiah (comp. Mal. 2:8 with Neh. 13:15; Mal. 2:10-16 with Neh. 13:23). No allusion is made to him by Ezra, and he does not mention the restoration of the temple, and hence it is inferred that he prophesied after Haggai and Zechariah, and when the temple services were still in existence (Mal. 1:10; 3:1, 10). It is probable that he delivered his prophecies about B.C. 420, after the second return of Nehemiah from Persia (Neh. 13:6), or possibly before his return.

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