I was looking through what books of the bible I had studied recently and realized that New Testament books has been more of my focus. Ergo, I thought I would engage with one of the Old Testament books.
Background to Micah
Micah is a smaller book of the Old Testament. It is a book of prophecy written around 722 BC. Bible at a Glance tells us that it is the 33rd book in the bible, written by Micah. It prophesies the birth of Christ in Bethlehem and predicts the fall of Jerusalem.
There is some debate over who compiled the book of Micah. Whether he or a disciple wrote things down, or if a later follower compiled his writings into one manuscript.
Micah prophesied during the reigns of the Judean kings Jotham (750–735 B.C.), Ahaz (735–715), and Hezekiah (715–687). He would have served around the same time as Isaiah and Hosea. You can find a map here that shows what the land and politics would have been like at the time.
The book of Micah opens with this verse:
The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
Micah was from Moresheth. Moresheth, also known as Moreseth-Gath, was a town of the tribe of Judah in ancient Israel. It was located in the Shephelah region. A map showing it’s location can be found here.
His prophesies concern Samaria and Jerusalem.