Obadiah Bible Study Resources

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Study questions, maps, charts, outlines, and links to help you study the Old Testament book of Obadiah.

Jump to: Background; ** Maps; ** Key Words; ** Encyclopedias; ** Commentaries; ** Articles; ** GotQuestions ** Next **


  • Author: Obadiah, date unknown. No kings are mentioned in Obadiah, making it hard to date.
  • Obadiah probably lived in and ministered to the southern kingdom of Judah. Some think Obadiah was a contemporary of Elisha.
  • There are 13 Obadiah’s in the Old Testament.
  • Obadiah prophesied that Edom would be cut off forever. Edomites disappear from history with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.


  • Edomites are descendants of Esau who lived in the mountianous area of Seir, south of the Dead Sea.
  • The Edomites were bitter enemies of the Jews.
  • Edom refused Moses’ request to allow the Israelites to pass through their land on the way to Canaan.
  • They opposed Saul and were subdued by David.
  • They fought against Jehoshaphat and rebelled against Jehoram.
  • In the 5th Center BC, the Nabateans forced the Edomites to leave their native country. The Edomites moved to the souther part of Palestine and became known as the Idumeans.
  • Herod the Great was an Indumean. He became King of Judea under Rome in 37 BC and ordered the killing of the male infants in Bethlehem in an attempt to kill the Messiah.
  • The Idumeans aided the rebellion of Jerusalem against Rome and were defeated along with the Jews when Titus conquered Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Genre: Understanding Prophecy

Section 1: Background


Introduction to the Prophets

Chart: Bible History at a glance

Blue Letter Bible: Old Testament Timeline

Biblehub: The Divided Kingdom

Chart: Kings of Israel & Judah

Bible Atlas: Assyria

Bible Atlas: Babylon

Bible Atlas: Jerusalem

Minor Prophets Quotes in the New Testament

Jensen’s Survey of the Old Testament

Hebrew Calendar

Ray C Stedman: Overview of the Book

John MacArthur: Obadiah -Intro

NIV: Introduction to Obadiah

ESV: Introduction to Obadiah

ESV: The Global Message of Obadiah

James van Dine: Analysis of Obadiah

David Malick: An Introduction to the Book of Obadiah

David Malick: An Argument of the Book of Obadiah

JVernon McGee: Amos and Obadiah – Introductory Notes, Outlines

William Orr: Key to Obadiah

Charles Swindoll: Book of Obadiah Overview

Section 2: Maps

Section 3: Key Words

Key Words

The day (Obadiah 1:11, 12, 13, 14),

Day of the LORD (Obadiah 1:15),

Edom/Esau (Obadiah 1:1, 8)

Esau (Obadiah 1:6, 8, 9, 18, 19, 21),

Jacob (Obadiah 1:10, 17, 18)

Judah (Obadiah 1:12),

Nations (Obadiah 1:1, 1:2, 1:15, 16),

My holy mountain (Mt Zion) (Obadiah 1:16, 17, 21),

Mountain of Esau (Obadiah 1:8, 9, 19),

Declares the LORD (Obadiah 1:4, 8, Obadiah 1:1

Section 4: Encyclopedias

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Baker’s Evangelical: Obadiah, Theology of

American Tract Society: Obadiah

Bridgeway Bible Dictionary: Obadiah

Easton’s Bible Dictionary: Obadiah, Book of ; Obadiah

Fausset Bible Dictionary: Obadiah, the Book of ; Obadiah

Holman Bible Dictionary: Obadiah, Book of

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Obadiah, Book of

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Obadiah

Morrish Bible Dictionary: Obadiah

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Obadiah

McClintock and Strong: Obadiah

The Nuttall Encyclopedia: Obadiah

The Jewish Encyclopedia: Obadiah

1911 Encyclopedia Britannica: Obadiah

Commentaries & Study Bibles

Ligionier.org Top 5 Commentaries: Obadiah

Tim Challies Best Commentaries:

Commentary Reviews: Obadiah

Biblehub Commentaries: Obadiah

Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible: Obadiah

Matthew Henry: Obadiah

Albert Barnes Notes: Obadiah

Reformation Study Bible Notes: Obadiah

Geneva Study Bible: Obadiah

Precept Austin Commentaries & Sermons: Obadiah

Section 6: Articles


Inerrancy And The Minor Prophets — Mal Couch

Old Testament Passages Referring To The Day Of The Lord — Warren Vanhetloo

The Kingdom Of God In The Old Testament — Martin J. Selman

The Character Of Israel’s Future In Light Of The Abrahamic And Mosaic Covenants — Robert Vasholz

Obadiah Accountability in Relationships – Bob Spender

The Bible’s Watchword Day of the Lord — Richard L. Mayhue

Christian Friend: Elijah and Obadiah

Don Fornter: Obadiah 1:17 Three Great Promises

Charles Feinberg: The Commanding Importance of the Prophetic Scriptures

J Hampton Keathley: The Minor Prophets

Richard Mayhue: The Prophet’s Watchword: Day of the LORD

Jeff Miller: The Day of the Lord

Section 7: Got Questions


Book of Obadiah – Bible Survey

What are the Major Prophets and Minor Prophets?

Who was Obadiah in the Bible?

Who/what is Edom (Obadiah 1:1, 8)?

When were Obadiah’s prophecies against Edom fulfilled (Obadiah 1:18-20)?

Why did God judge Edom so harshly in the book of Obadiah?

Section 8: Next

Next: Jonah

Previous: Amos

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