The Message of Amos
The Message of Amos
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: August 10, 1984
  • Item Code: 0283
  • ISBN: 978-0-87784-283-5

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"Affluence, exploitation and the profit motive were the most notable features of the society which Amos observed and in which he worked . . .

"Standards had gone to pot. Authority and the rule of law were despised, and national leadership, while reeling in the publicity and dignity of position . . . Seemed to be contributing to the complete breakdown of law and order."

Thus J. A. Motyer exposes and explains the astonishingly relevant--but never popular--message of the prophet Amos. Michael Green says, "Alec Motyer has clearly got the spirit of Amos in his blood. He loves the prophet from Tekoa, and takes endless pains to give full weight to every syllable of the prophecy. He is, of course, a distinguished scholar, and we are given full value on that front; but you will find here none of the dreary academic deadness which all too often comes through in commentary work."


General Preface

Author's Preface

Chief Abbreviations


Part One: The Roar of the Lion 1:2-3:8
General Introduction
In God's Name - 1:2
The Fourth Transgression - 1:3-2:3
The Peril of Uniqueness - 2:4-3:2
Appeal and Apologia - 3:3-8

Part Two: The Encircling Foe 3:9-6:14
General Introduction
'He turned to be their enemy' - 3:9-15
Alternatives - 4:1-13
A Tale of Three Shrines - 5:1-5
God Makes a Difference - 5:6-13
Seeds of Uncertainty, Harvest of Assurance - 5:14-20
Religion in a Box - 5:21-27
The Enemy of the People - 6:1-14

Part Three: The Sovereign Yahweh 7:1-9:15
General Introduction
The Repentant God - 7:1-6
Built to Specification - 7:7-9
The Man of God - 7:10-17
The Autumn of Opportunity - 8:1-10
The Day of the Cults - 8:11-14
The War on Pretence - 9:1-10
The End of the Long Night - 9:11-15


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J. Alec Motyer

J. Alec Motyer (1924–2016) was a renowned Old Testament pastor and scholar. With extensive experience in parish ministry, he was 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.

Read about his legacy in this article in memoriam from the Gospel Coalition.