These represent the notes I made during my reading of the scriptural text for this lesson. It is not a lesson outline or a lesson plan but really notes about issues and questions that struck me as interesting during my reading. Consequently, the notes do not have a conclusion and very little mention of application. I like to let those things arise while I teach.
2.1 What Do We Know about Amos?
The book of Amos does give us some information about Amos, the person. For example, in the the superscription (1:1) we learn the following:
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 is from Tekoa which is a town about 10 miles south of Jerusalem1. Despite living in the Kingdom of Judah, his preaching is generally directed to the Northern Kingdom (or Judah and Israel together).
Amos was active during the reign of Jeroboam II of Israel (786-747 BCE), and during the reign of Uzziah of Judah (he vacated the throne in 759 because of Illness and died in 733).2. Many scholar consider Amos to slightly predate both Hosea and Isaiah and hence Amos is often called the first “writing” prophet.3