The Prophet Sophonias (or Zephaniah)
Commemorated on December 3
Sophonias (or Zephaniah) was a contemporary of the Prophet Jeremiah and the
Prophetess Oldama. He was of illustrious lineage [from the tribe of Simeon, and
was the 9th of the Twelve Minor Prophets of the Old Testament]. The prophet
lived at the royal court, where he preached repentance and helped king Josiah
He prophesied about the calamities that were to come for the people of Judea and the surrounding regions: Gaza, Ascalon, Crete, and against the Moabites, the Ammonites and the Ninevites.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.