Period: c.760-750 B.C.
Title: The English, Hebrew, Greek and Latin versions all name this book after Amos, the prophet whose ministry is recorded in the book. The name Amos (Hebrew Amotz) means "burden."
Summary: The book of Amos was written during a period of national optimism in Israel. King Jeroboam II was ruler, and politically and materially the northern kingdom rivalled the age of Solomon and David. Amos, a shepherd by trade, was called by God to pronounce judgment on the northern Kingdom of Israel by denouncing Israel's luxurious living, idolatry and moral depravity. Amos urges the people to repent before the judgments of God came upon them. "Seek God and live" was Amos' plea to the nation. He also foretells of the dispersion of the Israelites, but points to a day when God would regather them in the land of their forefathers.
Judgments against the nations: Chapter 1:1 - 2:16
Three discourses against Israel: Chapter 3:1 - 6:14
Five visions of Israel's condition: Chapter 7:1 - 9:10
The promise of Israel's restoration: Chapter 9:11-15