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Amos was among the earliest of the Hebrew prophets to have a biblical book
named after him. He was born in the kingdom of Judah sometime in the eighth
century B.C. and worked most of his life as a shepherd. Sometime around 750
B.C., during a period of divine revelation, he removed to the wealthier kingdom
of Israel. Amos taught for a time in the Shrine of Bethel, a sacred place of
worship under the protection of Jeroboam II, but was eventually asked to leave
by the high priest, Amaziah, after which nothing more was heard from him.
Amos taught that God's justice extends to all men regardless of their nationality
and that all men are expected to pursue justice. Because Israel and Judah were
increasingly falling under the influence of evil ways, Amos predicted the destruction
of the two kingdoms by plague and locusts. The destruction did indeed take
place, though it was not by plague or locusts but by the conquering armies
of the Assyrian Empire.
The biographical material about the author originally appeared on The
Goodrich Room: Interactive Tour website.