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The life and mission of Amos the shepherd and prophet have always fascinated students of the Old Testament. This rancher-farmer from Tekoa, summoned dramatically by Yahweh to prophesy to Israel under the kingship of Jeroboam II (eighth century B.C.E.) about the corruption, injustice, and religious insincerity of his time, has intrigued scholars for centuries. Was Amos' message one of judgment and retribution only, or also of redemption?

Noted scholars Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman, authors of the critically acclaimed Hosea, team up to examine and explain this critical segment of the Bible. Using new insights and modern methods, the authors interpret the text clearly, enthusiastically, and with startling perception. Readers will gain a new understanding of the historical, literary, and religious dimensions of the book of Amos. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The life and mission of Amos the shepherd and  prophet have always fascinated students of the Old  Testament. This rancher-farmer from Tekoa, summoned  dramatically by Yahweh to prophesy to Israel under  the kingship of Jeroboam II (eighth century  B.C.E.) about the corruption, injustice, and religious  insincerity of his time, has intrigued scholars for  centuries. Was Amos' message one of judgment and  retribution only, or also of  redemption?

Noted scholars Francis I. Andersen and David  Noel Freedman, authors of the critically acclaimed  Hosea, team up to examine and  explain this critical segment of the Bible. Using new  insights and modern methods, the authors interpret  the text clearly, enthusiastically, and with  startling perception. Readers will gain a new  understanding of the historical, literary, and religious  dimensions of the book of Amos. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries
  • Hardcover: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (November 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300140703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300140705
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,998,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on February 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
. . .to the Anchor Bible series and to serious study of Amos. I have been more than impressed with the Anchor Bible commentaries on the Minor Prophets and have included several, including this one, in a current class I'm teaching in the Minor Prophets. Of all these texts, Amos stands out as a masterpiece of modern, sensible Biblical scholarship.
Nowhere else have I seen such attention to detail. Nowhere else have I seen such in-depth Hebrew word studies (frankly, far beyond my own comprehension!) Never before have I gained such insights into a book I've read many times.
I highly recommend this volume for all serious students of the Minor Prophets -- whether one can read Hebrew or not.
The section of photographs is also a nice added touch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rupricht on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly agree with David Zampino's review on this. If you need to study Amos in detail this is well worth the money. You may not agree with all points - that's a given in practically any commentary - but it's so comprehensive and detailed that you'll be reluctant to turn elsewhere (which, of course, you should).

I've got Feinberg, McComiskey, Stuart, Smith, Hubbard, and a handful of others, but this is work is incredible.

Please note: I have not read it all, but the sections I have read are rich with detail. Alternatives are Stuart (WBC) or McComiskey. If you're looking for an easier read I recommend Motyer in the BST series - wonderful insights.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Sage on July 21, 2012
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I am reading this commentary and am on page 600. The book is rich in detail and I am learning alot about the biblical period in the 8th century BCE. No detail seems too small to mention. I love the Anchor Bible Series. The comprehensiveness of this volume reminds me of Milgrom's Leviticus. I read the Anchor Bible commentaries from cover to cover and , as you can imagine, I spend a lot of time finishing each volume. But I not only read them for edification but for devotion as well. There is so much in these volumes. I am in the Old Testament now and have been for many years but plan on reading the New Testament volumes as well. Well worth the cost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 24, 2015
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This is an unusually comprehensive scholarly treatment of the book of Amos. The biblical book has only nine short chapters, but the two scholars devoted 979 pages to interpret it. The authors touch upon everything that needs to be touched, such as the many obscurities in the book, the difficult language, the mistakes in the text, and what the authors feel is the prophet's message.
For example, 9:7 states; “Are you not as the children of the Ethiopians to me, children of Israel? said the Lord. Didn’t I bring out Israel from the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, and Aram from Kir?" The question is: Is the prophet saying something nice about the Israelites or the opposite?
While this verse could – and perhaps should – be understood to say that God considers all people the same no matter what their race or national origin, there are many commentators who read the verse as a critique against Israel. Mays, for example, writes that the comparison with Ethiopians “humiliates Israel…(to) the order of things the Cushites played in their own society.” Ehrlich interprets verse 7 as: Don’t you behave towards me as do the Ethiopians who act improperly; I saved other nations, including the Philistines and Syrians, but I have no covenant with them today; so too I can break my covenant with you. Ibn Ezra quotes Yafet who outrageously sees Amos saying: The Ethiopian women are very promiscuous; their children do not know their fathers. You, Israel, are like them; you no longer know that I God am your father. Radak and Altschuler state: The Ethiopians are slaves. You should have been my slaves, but you broke free of me and abandoned me. Cassuto has: The Ethiopians are symbolic of a despised nation. You Israel are just like them. Your greatness exists only in the covenant God made with you.
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