Minor Prophet. The author after whom this OT Book is named appears to have lived in the 8th cent. bc and begun to prophesy before the fall of Samaria (c.721). Chs. 1–3 are generally accepted as his work; they foretell the destruction of Samaria and Jerusalem. Most critics regard the rest of the Book as later. Chs. 4–5 predict the regeneration of the people and the advent of a Messiah; chs. 6–7 are mainly occupied with a dispute between God and His people. The complaints of God in Mic. 6: 3–5 form the model of the Reproaches in the Good Friday liturgy of the W. Church.