The Message of Amos, By J. Alec Motyer
The Message of Amos
paperback
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: April 02, 2024
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0649
  • ISBN: 9781514006498

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They neglected the needy, gained material riches through exploitation, and indulged in inauthentic religious practices. And rather than following God in the pursuit of justice, they drew on the divine name to justify their pretense. This is the social landscape in which the prophet Amos delivers a message from God. With searing clarity and daring hope, Amos calls God's people to repent, turn back toward the ways of God, and take up his will through clear acts of obedience.

In this volume Alec Motyer exposes and explains Amos's prophetic call for Israel's repentance, showing the message's astonishing relevance for today. Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Amos offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, the Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text.

This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language, current Scripture quotations, and a new interior design.

CONTENTS

General preface
Author’s preface
Chief abbreviations
Introduction

A: The roar of the Lion (1:2–3:8)
General introduction
1. In God’s name (1:2)
2. The fourth transgression (1:3–2:3)
3. The peril of uniqueness (2:4–3:2)
4. Appeal and apologia (3:3-8)

B: The encircling foe (3:9–6:14)
General introduction
5. ‘He turned and became their enemy’ (3:9-15)
6. Alternatives (4:1-13)
7. A tale of three shrines (5:1-5)
8. God makes a difference (5:6-13)
9. Seeds of uncertainty, harvest of assurance (5:14-20)
10. Religion in a box (5:21-27)
11. The enemy of the people (6:1-14)

C: The Sovereign Yahweh (7:1–9:15)
General introduction
12. The relenting God (7:1-6)
13. Built to specification (7:7-9)
14. The servant of God (7:10-17)
15. The autumn of opportunity (8:1-10)
16. The day of the cults (8:11-14)
17. The war on pretence (9:1-10)
18. The end of the long night (9:11-15)

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J. Alec Motyer

J. Alec Motyer was a renowned Old Testament pastor and scholar. With extensive experience in parish ministry, he was also principal of Trinity College in Bristol, England, and was well known as a Bible expositor. His books include The Prophecy of Isaiah, and he was the Old Testament editor of The Bible Speaks Today series.