Amos - 1AMOS A. The book of Amos 1. Stages in the books...

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1AMOS A. The book of Amos 1. Stages in the book’s growth: a. individual oral speeches of Amos b. speeches written down, collected and edited c. final form: Amos 1-9 2. Some passages might derive from editors, e.g., 9:11-15 B. Biographical information about Amos (1:1; 7:10-17) 1. From Tekoa in Judah (17 miles south of Jerusalem). 2. Herded sheep and/or grew sycamore trees. 3. Judean prophet who went north to speak in Israel. 4. His prophecies date ca. 750 BCE C. Historical background: the reign of Jeroboam II (ca. 788-748) 1. Territorial expansion into northern Transjordan 2. Economic prosperity 3. Widespread national and religious pride 4. Economic polarization: widening gap b/w upper and lower classes 5. Judicial discrimination a/g lower classes 6. Counter-expansion of Syria-Damascus (King Rezin) ca. 755 onward 7. Anti-Jeroboam sentiment in Israel ca. 755 onward D. The Message of Amos 1. Social criticism a. The affluent oppress the “poor and weak” (2:6-7) b. Specific wrongdoing (1) unjust judicial practices (5:10-12)
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2011 for the course REL 1004 taught by Professor Isbell during the Spring '09 term at LSU.

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Amos - 1AMOS A. The book of Amos 1. Stages in the books...

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