Social Injustice In The Prophets

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A prophet is a person regarded as an inspired teacher, or proclaimer of the will of G-d. “The English word “prophet” comes from Greek and literally means “spokesperson.” This further provides meaning since the prophets were “messengers of G-d”. In Hebrew the name עמוס (Amos) means laden, burdened, carried, and brave. In the Old Testament, a person named “Amos” besides the prophet is never mentioned. Out of all of the prophets, “Amos is the first of the “writing prophets,” that is prophets whose words are preserved in separate books ascribed to them.” Some prophets that came before Amos were Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron and Joshua. But unlike those previous prophets, Amos was a minor prophet, as he had no connections to prior prophets. …show more content…
Some themes exhibited are social injustice in Israel, abuse of the poor, G-d’s unlimited power, divine judgment and the uniqueness of Israel. Social injustice is the biggest theme portrayed throughout the book. During his prophecy, Israel was at a point in time where there was peace and prosperity. “Unfortunately, the unusual prosperity brought a collapse of moral standards. Ignored were the great ideals and the commandments of the Torah to help the poor, and to practice just and loving kindness” People would sell and trade the poor for silver and sandals. Amos was sent from G-d to caution the people of consequences unless they changed their doings, but people ignored the …show more content…
“The purpose of the book of Amos was to announce God’s holy judgment on the Kingdom of Israel (the Northern Kingdom), call them to repentance and to turn from their self-righteous sins and idolatry. G-d rose up the prophet Amos, as an act of His great mercy to people who repeatedly shunned and disobeyed him.” In Amos, Amos uses phrases such as “Thus says the lord” and “This is what the lord told me” to portray his messages from G-d. “Most of the book of Amos consists of sayings of Amos as he acts as a messenger from G-d to the people. There are a few exceptions to this. He speaks about himself in the first person in his version accounts in 7:1-9,8:1-3, and 9:1.” In his announcements from G-d, Amos had a way with words, he was able to portray what he needed to relay in the perfect words. “One of his methods for carrying on an argument with adversaries is to quote their own words back at them. Amos also uses a variety of other forms to convey his message such as funeral laments, riddles, comparisons, proverbs from folk wisdom and graduated number

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