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Book of Amos

General Information

Amos, a book of the Old Testament, is the third book of the Minor Prophets. It takes its name from the prophet Amos who lived c. 750 BC as a shepherd at Tekoa in the southern kingdom of Judah. It was to the northern kingdom of Israel, however, that his prophetic message was addressed. Writing during a time of prosperity, when a sharp contrast existed between the luxurious life of the nation's leaders and the oppression of the poor, Amos preached the urgency of social justice and the threat of impending divine judgment. The structure of the book falls into nine parts, each dominated by a negative message containing threats of darkness, famine, and destruction. Amos is the oldest of the prophetic books of the Bible.

George W Coats

J L Mays, Amos, A Commentary (1969).

Book of Amos

Brief Outline

  1. Indictment of foreign nations and Judah and Israel (chap 1, 2)
  2. Condemnation of wicked Samaria (chaps 3-5)
  3. Foretelling judgment and promise of restoration and prosperity (chaps 6-9)


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