Amos 7-9

Amos, a Judean herdsman (cf. 1.1), was called to preach a message of judgment to the northern kingdom and her king, the powerful Jeroboam II (cf. 2 Kgs 14.23-29), during a period of socioeconomic success in Israel. Amos’ courageous sermons provide a composite of prophetic ministry: divine visions, proclamations of … Continue reading

Amos 3-6

Amos had the difficult task of preaching a message of judgment to upper-middle class folk who were enjoying political stability second only to that experienced during the days of David and Solomon. During the reigns of Jeroboam II in Israel (2 Kgs 14.23-29) and Uzziah in Judah (2 Kgs 15.1-7) … Continue reading

Amos 1-2

While dating some Old Testament prophecies is a difficult task, Amos does not leave the interpreter wondering. His prophetic writing begins, “The words of Amos, who was one of the sheep breeders from Tekoa—what he saw regarding Israel in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah, and Jeroboam son of … Continue reading