Amos.07 - Amos: Eighth-Century Prophet of the North But let...

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Amos: Eighth-Century Prophet of the North But let justice roll like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream. 5:24 “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” MLK, Jr.
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I. Prophets in Ancient Religion Prophets (shamans, diviners) mediate by oracles, trances, or spirit possessions Such mediators known in: Ancient Near East Early Israel Post-biblical Judaism and Christianity Most religions
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II. Prophets in Royal History (1, 2 Kings) A. “Torah advocates” (specific problem: idolatory) B. Not literary types
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III. Hebrew Prophets and Prophecy A. Prophets as Fore-tellers: the predictive nature of Hebrew prophecy B. Prophets as Forth-tellers: the social justice of Hebrew prophecy “Prophecy is the voice God has lent to the silent agony of mankind.” Abraham Heschel
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III. Relationship of Historical Prophets to Prophetic Literature A. How and why were Prophetic books written down, edited, and transmitted? B. Prophetic books and Poetry. Prophetic
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Amos.07 - Amos: Eighth-Century Prophet of the North But let...

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