Amos means “burden” or “burden-bearer”. He was a herdsman who was also described as a gatherer of fruit. He came from Tekoa, a town in Judah, 6 miles southeast of Bethlehem. During the reign of Uzziah in Judah and Jeroboam II in Israel, between 810-753 BC, Amos lived in a time of great prosperity. However, he was sent from Judah to denounce the social and religious corruption and to warn them of God’s impending judgment. Amos speaks of idolatry, luxury, revelry, debauchery, oppression, extortion, bribery, and injustice; but the people don’t listen. Amos would have been a contemporary of Hosea in Israel and possibly Joel and Jonah.
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