The book of Amos is full of wordplays, double entendres, pictorial visions, and direct statements of fact and judgment. Smith's job is to address the historical, stylistic and interpretative aspects of Amos: not just what is written, but also how and why the prophecies are recorded. To do this, Smith divides each of his chapters as follows:
Smith deals especially well with the last of these. Each chapter ends with him drawing together the interpretative threads arising from the passage.
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Smith has produced a magisterial treatment of the book of Amos.
—Tremper Longman III, Old Testament scholar and author of Daniel in the NIV Application Commentary
Smith has . . . dissected the prophet in such a way as to leave scarcely any concern and thought unattended. Even more remarkable, he has done so without being wasteful of words or being unduly repetitious. . . . It is hard improve on this book. Every pastor and informed layman should add it to his library of expository aids.
—Eugene H. Merrill, author of An Historical Survey of the Old Testament
This is a fine [commentary] which should provide a valuable resource for serious students of the Old Testament for many years. The author inter-relates with the extensive literature available on the Book of Amos and is clearly able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of all types of criticism. . . . His exegetical judgment is excellent and he avoids dogmatism where the evidence tends to be evenly balanced.
—Geoffrey Grogan, translator of Amos for the New King James Version
Gary V. Smith is Professor of Old Testament at Midwestern Baptist Seminary, Kansas City.