Amos was one of the major prophets during the Assyrian era.
The timeframe of his
prophetic works have been dated to the mid 700s, with many scholars placing them around the
This was during the reign of King Uzziah in the Northern kingdom of Israel and King
Jeroboam in the Southern kingdom of Judah.
Despite being a shepherd from Tekoa, a village in
Judah about twelve miles southwest of Jerusalem, Amos was a prophet to Israel.
was generally one of no hope for his people, who he felt had abandoned the teachings of
This message is conveyed throughout much of Amos’s texts, including Amos 8:4-12,
which I will be examining at a deeper level through this close reading.
Like a vast majority of the prophetic texts of this era, this passage is divided into
Through my initial reading, I was able to determine four distinct subunits in this
In addition, by reading through the passage initially, without further close
examination, I was able to come up with this initial reaction:
“I feel that in this passage, the LORD is unhappy with the way his
followers are behaving.
In response, he threatens to make their
In the following pages, I intend to prove the preceding statement to be true, as well as to expand
upon it, by examining more closely these four subunits.
The first subunit in this passage is verses 4-6.
Here, Amos is speaking to the people of
This statement is actually true of the entire passage; however, this subunit is different
than much of the rest of the text.
In verse 4, Amos begins his speech by saying, “Hear this”.
Since there is no mention of the LORD, this leaves the reader under the impression that these are
Amos’s words, rather than him speaking the LORD’s specific words, which he does in many of