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Old Testament Essays

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Old testam. essays vol.24 n.1 Pretoria  2011

 

Reappraising the historical context of Amos

 

 

Petrus D. F. Strijdom

University Of Fort Hare

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

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..


 

 

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Correspondence:
Dr. Petrus D. F. Strijdom
Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa, University of Fort Hare
Private Bag X1314, Alice, 5700
Email: pstrijdom@ufh.ac.za