Amos 5:1-17: Admonition and Lament for Israel

March 14, 2013

This is the third of Amos’s three prophetic speeches against Israel. They each begin with “Hear this word” (3:1; 4:1; 5:1). The first announced God’s coming visit in judgment against Israel. The second highlighted divine patience and persistence in seeking to turn Israel from its sins. The third is a divine admonition and lament for Israel. Harold […]

Amos 1:1-2 — An Editorial Heading

January 4, 2013

To whatever extent Amos himself wrote the book attached to his name, it seems fairly obvious that he did not write Amos 1:1-2. The text is in the third person–this is what “he saw” and what “he said.” Consequently, Amos 1:1-2 is at least an editorial superscription to the book by a compiler, editor or […]

Reading Zechariah

January 5, 2012

Zechariah is the longest and, many think, the most difficult of the “minor” (smaller) prophets. It is also one of the most significant. Zechariah is important for understanding the good news of Jesus the Messiah. Zechariah 9-14 is the dominant prophetic resource for the authors of the Gospels for narrating the meaning of Jesus’ passion. […]