THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET AMOSBook of Amos , the third of 12 Old Testament books that bear the names of the Minor Prophets , collected in one book under the Jewish canon titled The Twelve. Amos , a Judaean prophet from the village of Tekoa, was active in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II c. According to , Amos was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet; i. His only credential to prophesy to Israel was a summons by Yahweh. The book is a collection of individual sayings and reports of visions. The present arrangement of the sayings reflects the activity of someone other than the prophet. This belief prompts his polemic against the feasts and solemn assemblies observed by Israel.
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He is the first Prophet to have a Book of the Bible named after him. His book should be first if the listing was chronological, as he lived just prior to Hosea. While Israel was prosperous at the time, it was also a time marked by social injustice - a time similar to our own! Amos castigated the extravagance of the Northern Kingdom, who "trampled the head of the poor into the dust of the earth" The Book of Amos is relevant to this day!