A Fresh Look at Amos 4:1-3 and Its Imagery

In: Vetus Testamentum

Abstract

For a couple of decades, if not centuries, the textual, syntactical, and semantic problems of Amos 4:1-3 have so engaged the attention of commentators to the detriment of a straightforward interpretation of the oracle. is article sets out to examine afresh some of those thorny literary issues. Its findings show that the apparent illogical grammar and imagery of the oracle serve prophetic needs. For it is on such a figurative language that the prophet sets the polarity between YHWH's indictment and judgment of the upper rich class of Israelite society and, consequently, his message.

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