Amos means “burden” or “burden bearer.” Although a herdsman from Tekoa just south of Bethlehem in the southern kingdom, Amos was commissioned by the Lord to preach to the northern tribes.


Amos dates his prophecy in Amos 1:1 as during the reigns of Uzziah and Jeroboam II, specifically two years before the earthquake. That Zech. 14:5 also mentions this earthquake indicates that it was a significant event. Archaeological data from sites such as Hazor give evidence of an earthquake in the mid-eighth century BC, within the general time frame allowed by the two kings mentioned. Given that the reigns of Uzziah and Jeroboam II overlapped approximately from 767 to 753 BC, Amos most likely prophesied between 760 and 755 BC.

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ByJustus Musinguzi

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