Amos and the Radical Redistribution of Society

Marc Brettler classifies the book of Amos as a work of classical prophecy, situated within the larger tradition of biblical prophecy in the OT.  The literary and rhetorical approach of OT prophecy differs drastically from “historical writings,” yet its themes are largely similar.  Both attempt to ascribe theological meaning onto the events that take place in the world.

In what ways is Amos concerned with social justice? Is the message inscribed within this book any more (or less) relevant for today’s culture than other parts of the Old Testament?

How does Amos (and other biblical prophets) ascribe meaning to the political events of the world in which they live?

To think about these questions, please consider listening to this recent episode of On Being with Krista Tippett.

The Spiritual Audacity of Abraham Joshual Heschel

Thanks to Barack Obama, “audacity” is no longer the neutral word it once was, and I think an allusion to social justice is intended in this title.  In this episode, Tippett talks with Arnold Eisen, who once met and has been highly influenced by Abraham Joshua Heschel.  I know you’ve got a lot to do, but the reading load this week is light. Listen to this!  It will change the way you think about the world.


About Andrew Battista

Andrew Battista is Librarian for Geospatial Information Systems at New York University
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1 Response to Amos and the Radical Redistribution of Society

  1. Pam says:

    What a great NYT’s article on Heschel. I can’t listen to the Being link from here, but I look foward to it. The term prophet conjures up such specific connotations for me that it seems to limit the heroic proportions of people like Dr. MLK, jr., and Abraham Joshua Heschel.

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