Author: Haggai (1:1).
Date: 520 BC - a precise date because Haggai mentions “the second year of Darius the king” (1:1), which can be verified against Persian records.
In Ten Words or Less: Jews returning from exile need to rebuild God’s temple.
Details: One of three “postexilic” prophets, Haggai encourages former Babylonian captives to restore the demolished temple in Jerusalem. The new world power, Persia, has allowed the people to return to Jerusalem, but they’ve become distracted with building their own comfortable homes. Through Haggai, God tells the people to rebuild the temple first in order to break a drought that’s affecting the countryside.
From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.