Amos’s and Hosea’s Approaches to Covenant-al Fidelity

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
An analysis of how Amos and Hosea both react to corruption in 8th century Israel. Each condemns injustice and the maltreatment of the poor. Amos’ tone, however, is decidedly harsher than Hosea’s.

“Amos and Hosea both react to corruption in 8th century Israel. Each condemns injustice and the maltreatment of the poor. Amos’ tone, however, is decidedly harsher than Hosea’s. Amos warns Israel to return to covenantal fidelity or risk facing terrifying divine justice, whereas Hosea highlights the need for true knowledge of God in order to reap the benefits of God’s compassion for his son, Israel. Because Hosea’s message better synthesizes with the Israelite tradition of blessing, his message would likely have been more effective than Amos’ in actually effecting reform in Israel.”


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