Amos in Easton's Bible Dictionary
borne; a burden, one of the twelve minor prophets. He was a
native of Tekota, the modern Tekua, a town about 12
south-east of Bethlehem. He was a man of humble
birth, neither a
"prophet nor a prophet's son," but "an herdman and a
sycomore trees," R.V. He prophesied in the days of
of Judah, and was contemporary with Isaiah and Hosea
7:14, 15; Zech. 14:5), who survived him a few years.
Jeroboam II. the kingdom of Israel rose to the
zenith of its
prosperity; but that was followed by the prevalence
and vice and idolatry. At this period Amos was
called from his
obscurity to remind the people of the law of God's
justice, and to call them to repentance.
The Book of Amos consists of three parts:
(1.) The nations around are summoned to judgment
their sins (1:1-2:3). He quotes Joel 3:16.
(2.) The spiritual condition of Judah, and
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
(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
The fifth describes the overthrow and ruin of Israel
to which is added the promise of the restoration of
and its final glory in the Messiah's kingdom.
The style is peculiar in the number of the allusions
natural objects and to agricultural occupations.
show also that Amos was a student of the law as well
as a "child
of nature." These phrases are peculiar to him:
teeth" [i.e., want of bread] (4:6); "The excellency
(6:8; 8:7); "The high places of Isaac" (7:9); "The
Isaac" (7:16); "He that createth the wind" (4:13).
Amos in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("a burden".) Of Tekoah, in Judah, six miles S.E. of
Bethlehem. A shepherd (probably owning flocks) and dresser of
sycamore fig trees; specially called of the Lord to prophesy,
though not educated in the prophets' schools (Amos 1:1; Amos
7:14-15). These personal notices occur only as connected with
the discharge of his prophetic function; so entirely is self
put in the shade by the inspired men of God, and God is made
the one all-absorbing theme. Though of Judah, he exercised his
ministry in the northern kingdom, Israel; not later than the
15th year of Uzziah of Judah, when Jeroboam II. (son of Joash)
of Israel died (compare 1 Kings 14:23 with 1 Kings 15:1), in
whose reign it is written he prophesied "two years before the
earthquake"; compare Zechariah 14:5. Allusions to the
earthquake appear in Amos 5:8; Amos 6:11; Amos 8:8; Amos 9:1;
Amos in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Amos in Naves Topical Bible
-Forbidden to prophesy in Israel
Amos in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(burden), native of Tekoa in Judah, about six miles south of
Bethlehem, originally a shepherd and dresser of sycamore
trees, who was called by God s Spirit to be a prophet,
although not trained in any of the regular prophetic schools.
Am 1:1; 7:14,15 He travelled from Judah into the northern
kingdom of Israel or Ephraim, and there exercised his
ministry, apparently not for any long time. (His date cannot
be later than B.C. 808 for he lived in the reigns of Uzziah
king of Judah and Jeroboam king of Israel; but his ministry
probably took place at an earlier date, perhaps about the
middle of Jeroboam's reign Nothing is known of the time or
manner of his death.--ED.)
Amos in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
Amos is the prophet whose book stands third among the "Twelve"
in the Hebrew canon. No other person bearing the same name is
mentioned in the Old Testament, the name of the father of the
prophet Isaiah being written differently ('amots). There is an
Amos mentioned in the genealogical series Lk 3:25, but he is
otherwise unknown, and we do not know how his name would have
been written in Hebrew. Of the signification of the prophet's
name all that can be said is that a verb with the same root
letters, in the sense of to load or to carry a load, is not
uncommon in the language.
Amos in Wikipedia
(Hebrew:עמוס), is a minor prophet in the Old Testament, and
the author of the Book of Amos. The book of Amos records that
years after Amos received the visions contained therein, (1:1
). Josephus, the Jewish historian, believed that the
earthquake happened at the same time as Uzziah's seizure of
the role of High Priest and his subsequent bout with leprosy.
Amos was a contemporary of Isaiah, Micah and Hosea. Under
Jeroboam II the kingdom of Israel reached the zenith of its
prosperity. The gulf between rich and poor widened at this
time. Amos was called from his rural home to remind the rich
and powerful of God's requirement for justice (e.g. 2:6-16 ).
He proclaimed that cultic observances without moral behaviour
is not pleasing to God (5:21 ff.), and prophesied that the
kingdom of Israel would be destroyed (e.g. 5:1-2 ; 8:2 )...
Amos Scripture - Amos 1:1
The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which
he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah,
and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel,
two years before the earthquake.
Amos Scripture - Amos 7:10
Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of
Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst
of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his
Amos Scripture - Amos 7:12
Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away
into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy
Amos Scripture - Amos 7:8
And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said,
A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a
plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again
pass by them any more:
Amos Scripture - Amos 8:2
And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of
summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon
my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.