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Unformatted text preview: (2) Unfair business practices (8:4-6) 2. Critique of the cult (4:4-5; 5:21-24) a. Reflection on an extravagant cult of Jahweh b. A wholesale rejection of the cult? No c. Amos condemns the cult only when it is not accompanied by social justice 3. The Judgment theme a. Expectation of divine judgment predominates in Amos b. The disaster(s) that Amos expects? (1) End of the house of Jeroboam (7:9,11) (2) Oppression by an adversary (3:11; 6:14) (3) Exile of the population (4:2-3; 6:7; 7:11) (4) End to prophecy (8:11-12) c. Amos’s reinterpretation of old traditions of salvation in order to proclaim judgment. E.g. (1) The election tradition in 3:2 Israel’s status as the special people of Yahweh is the reason why the Yahweh’s of the nation will be especially harsh (2) The “day of Jahweh” in 5:18-20 The “day of Yahweh” is a time when Yahweh will fight against Israel, not for Israel....
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- Spring '09
- Kingdom of Judah, Jeroboam II, Book of Amos