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amos


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Amos 
  borne;  a  burden,  one  of  the  twelve  minor  prophets.  He  was  a 
  native  of  Tekota  the  modern  Tekua  a  town  about  12  miles 
  south-east  of  Bethlehem.  He  was  a  man  of  humble  birth,  neither  a 
  "prophet  nor  a  prophet's  son,"  but  "an  herdman  and  a  dresser  of 
  sycomore  trees,"  R.V.  He  prophesied  in  the  days  of  Uzziah,  king 
  of  Judah,  and  was  contemporary  with  Isaiah  and  Hosea  (Amos  1:1; 
  7:14,  15;  Zech.  14:5),  who  survived  him  a  few  years.  Under 
  Jeroboam  II  the  kingdom  of  Israel  rose  to  the  zenith  of  its 
  prosperity;  but  that  was  followed  by  the  prevalence  of  luxury 
  and  vice  and  idolatry.  At  this  period  Amos  was  called  from  his 
  obscurity  to  remind  the  people  of  the  law  of  God's  retributive 
  justice,  and  to  call  them  to  repentance. 
 
  The  Book  of  Amos  consists  of  three  parts: 
 
  (1.)  The  nations  around  are  summoned  to  judgment  because  of 
  their  sins  (1:1-2:3).  He  quotes  Joel  3:16. 
 
  (2.)  The  spiritual  condition  of  Judah,  and  especially  of 
  Israel,  is  described  (2:4-6:14). 
 
  (3.)  In  7:1-9:10  are  recorded  five  prophetic  visions.  a  The 
  first  two  (7:1-6)  refer  to  judgments  against  the  guilty  people. 
  b  The  next  two  (7:7-9;  8:1-3)  point  out  the  ripeness  of  the 
  people  for  the  threatened  judgements.  7:10-17  consists  of  a 
  conversation  between  the  prophet  and  the  priest  of  Bethel.  c 
  The  fifth  describes  the  overthrow  and  ruin  of  Israel  (9:1-10); 
  to  which  is  added  the  promise  of  the  restoration  of  the  kingdom 
  and  its  final  glory  in  the  Messiah's  kingdom. 
 
  The  style  is  peculiar  in  the  number  of  the  allusions  made  to 
  natural  objects  and  to  agricultural  occupations.  Other  allusions 
  show  also  that  Amos  was  a  student  of  the  law  as  well  as  a  "child 
  of  nature."  These  phrases  are  peculiar  to  him:  "Cleanness  of 
  teeth"  [i.e.,  want  of  bread]  (4:6);  "The  excellency  of  Jacob" 
  (6:8;  8:7);  "The  high  places  of  Isaac"  (7:9);  "The  house  of 
  Isaac"  (7:16);  "He  that  createth  the  wind"  (4:13).  Quoted,  Acts 
  7:42. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Amos,  loading;  weighty 
 




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