- Southerner of Tekoa (south of Jerusalem) (1:1)
- Traveled north to Israel (Bethel) to preach as one called of God (7:15)
- Occupation: sheep breeder, perhaps a master shepherd with others under him; not a prophet until called by the LORD (1:1; 7:14f) and a grower of sycamore figs (7:14)
- Spoke in Bethel (center for idol worship in Israel) and then in Judah under Jeroboam II's resistance (7)
- May have returned to Judah to write his messages
ca. 767-753 B.C.
- Koning van Judah is Uzziah (Azariah) (790-740)
- Koning van Israel is Jerobaom II (793-753)
- Within the period of the joint reigns of Uzziah and Jeroboam, possibly ca. 767-753 B.C.
- Twee jaar voor de "aardbeving" (1:1 cf. Zach 14:5) is de boodschap uitgesproken; Het kan later zijn geschreven.
- Koning van Assyrië--Adad Nirari III (810-753)
- Koning van Syrië--Hazael
- Juda is onder de invloed van Jeroboam II van Israel
- Israel appears to be outwardly at its zenith of power. Jeroboam had a successful reign (2 Ki.14:25-28 cf. Amos 6:14)
- Many of the evil characteristics described in Amos 1--2 might better be translated in the present tense of activities then being done. They describe Jeroboam II's rule as painfully disrupted as His lines were breached and the enemies pressed into the territory. Israel was fighting a defensive war against the armies of Syria and Ammon. Both were true.
- Three periods of Israel from Jehu (841-414):
- 839-806 -- Engaged in the East and rent by civil dissensions. Could not put pressure on Syria, suffered 30 years of humiliation during Jehu, Jehoahaz, Jehoash
- 806-782 -- Assyria's king Adad-Nirari III is ruler, and ruled over surrounding states, especially Syria. Israel was protected. Therefore Israel was able to restore some of its boarders under Johoash and Jeroboam II. Syria was unable to fight on two boarders. Israel and Judah restored their boarders to almost that of David and Solomon (cf. 2 Ki. 14:25 for the prophecy by Jonah)
- 782-745 -- the time when Amos spoke; Assyria was under duress from the northern kingdom of Urartu which pushed Assyria down from the north, northwest, and northeast. Syria was freed up to deal with Israel and entered into drawn-out battles to regain Gilead, and Bashan.
- The people became arrogant during the northern nation's period of prosperity resulting in injustice, greed, neglect of the poor, persecution of the poor, and formalistic religion.
Gerichtsverkondiging omliggende landen (hfd. 1-2)
Gerichtsverkondiging Israël (hfd. 3-6)
Vijf gezichten (hfd. 7-9)
Heilsverkondiging (hfd. 9)
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