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Amos, Book of
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1. Amos, the first of the writing prophets, came from Tekoa in Judah. Although a herdsman and a grower of figs, not a professional prophet, Amos was a man of broad outlook who did not lack means or education. A call from God took him out of his daily round and sent him to do prophetic work in the northern kingdom. He came there about 760 b.c. and in Bethel and Samaria, perhaps also Gilgal, proclaimed the inevitable fall of Israel. Denounced and expelled, he seems to have gone back to Judah after hardly a year of activity.

Amos’s coming occurred at the time of Israel’s final prosperity. The w…

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Thiel, Winfried, “Amos, Book of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 18 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A206>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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