Karl Möller, Reading Amos as a Book
Grove Biblical Series, 74; Cambridge: Grove Books, 2014
All too often the message of Amos is broken up and read in pieces – either devotionally, so that we know only the ‘purple passages,’ or academically, separating Amos’s original message from its later editing.
But reading it as a whole opens up powerful new understandings. We see Amos’s passion as he tries to persuade a complacent people to wake up to God’s judgment and grace – a message we desperately need to hear in our own day.
Möller presents the prophet in such a way that I immediately wanted to re-read the biblical text. … As well as presenting a different view of Amos, Möller includes Questions for Reflection at the end of each chapter. For a preacher presented with a text from Amos this little book will provide a useful starting point.
- Getting Started
- An Opening Trap (Amos 1-2)
- Passionate Dialogue with a Late Audience (Amos 3.1-5.17)
- Woes and Throes (Amos 5.18-6.14)
- Visions of the End (Amos 7-9)
- Reading Amos: Some Conclusions
- Suggestions for Further Reading