in Anchor Yale Bible

by Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman

4.4 Rank Score: 5.36 from 7 reviews, 3 featured collections, and 6 user libraries
Pages 1024
Publisher Yale University Press
Published 1989
ISBN-13 9780300140705
The life and mission of Amos the shepherd and prophet have always fascinated students of the Old Testament. This rancher-farmer from Tekoa, summoned dramatically by Yahweh to prophesy to Israel under the kingship of Jeroboam II (eighth century B.C.E.) about the corruption, injustice, and religious insincerity of his time, has intrigued scholars for centuries. Was Amos' message one of judgment and retribution only, or also of redemption?

Noted scholars Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman, authors of the critically acclaimed Hosea, team up to examine and explain this critical segment of the Bible. Using new insights and modern methods, the authors interpret the text clearly, enthusiastically, and with startling perception. Readers will gain a new understanding of the historical, literary, and religious dimensions of the book of Amos.


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AndrewKlein46 AndrewKlein46 October 11, 2022
While I understand the complaints of many who find this commentary to be too long, my love for Amos and my love for Andersen and Freedman's work easily makes this commentary one of my all time favorites! Although, the warnings are true: This commentary is for extensive research only, and it is probably not suitable for casual reading.
G Ware G Ware October 16, 2018
Rarely, if ever, do I consider a commentary to be too detailed. This one could fit that descriptor. It does require selective reading to find the important stuff you want. Nevertheless, it is outstanding. It's not one you'll read every word of, but skim and sift to find what you want, and this is a goldmine of information, and even with two authors, the writing is extremely smooth and well crafted. But, 1000 pages is a tad excessive for a book the size of Amos.
Where to begin. You might not think it possible to write an almost 1000 page commentary on a book of the Bible that generally takes up less than 10 pages. You would be wrong. The introduction to the commentary by itself is 178 pages. This commentary is not for the faint of heart. It is technical and detailed almost beyond belief, but for those doing in-depth study of Amos, it is a must. [Full Review]
A massive commentary that takes the book as substantially from the hand of the prophet. [Full Review]