Theology 09-23-11 - The Book of Amos: The prophetic...

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The Book of Amos: The prophetic literature does not contain events of the future but are rather conditional. If you do this, this will happen. And if you do not, this will happen. Prophetic literature uses a lot of imagery such as a prostitute in one story to draw on the harshness of reality. Also there is a lot of sarcasm used by the prophets. Literally style is prophetic oral because they are receiving the message of God and then speaking as the mouthpiece of God, “Thus says the lord…”. Very difficult to read because there is usually no narrative, it just jumps into the references and lessons they want to give people. To study you usually need a commentary or footnotes These are not books for fun, but have more difficult literature. The message is more acceptable because it is all about wealth and poverty which responds well to the idea of social justice. Amos, according to the text, was a Shepard in the kingdom of Judah. This is before the
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2011 for the course THEOLOGY 100 taught by Professor Farley during the Fall '11 term at Saint Louis.

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Theology 09-23-11 - The Book of Amos: The prophetic...

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