Old Testament Essays
On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919
STRIJDOM, Petrus D. F.. Reappraising the historical context of Amos. Old testam. essays [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.1, pp.221-254. ISSN 2312-3621.
The dominant communis opinio dating of Amos' prophetic activity in 760-750 B.C.E.-which is often entirely based on the reference in the Amos text to king Jeroboam II's reign (Amos 1:1 and 7:10-11)-is critically questioned by linking a fresh interpretation of the seemingly obscure, but significant evidence in Amos 6:2 with the western campaigns of Tiglath-Pileser III and with other historically pointed allusions in the text. This leads to the conclusion that several recorded prophetic words of Amos become lucid and more intelligible at a significantly later date between 738-732 B.C.E..