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Mentor Commentary: Amos

, 1998
ISBN: 9781857922530


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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:

  • Important textual and philological questions
  • Background study on the literary traditions and forms of speech employed
  • Rhetorical markers of structure that unite paragraphs or larger units
  • Exegetical issues of interpretation
  • Main theological themes within each unit

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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Key Features

  • Introduction to the style, structure, and composition, including authorship
  • Background studies on the literary traditions
  • Exegetical and interpretive issues are discussed
  • Outlines the significant theological themes from the text
  • Introduction to the historical and cultural setting of the book

Praise for the Print Edition

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

Product Details

  • Title: Mentor Commentary: Amos
  • Author: Gary Smith
  • Publisher: Mentor
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 400

Gary V. Smith, Ph.D. was a member of the translation teams for both the NLT and HCSB Bible translation projects and has written numerous articles, reviews, and books on the Old Testament. These include Hosea, Amos, and Micah for the NIV Application Commentary series and Isaiah in the New American Commentary series. He has taught Old Testament at Bethel Theological Seminary in Minnesota and was Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missouri. In 2004 he began teaching at Union University, where he is currently Professor of Christian Studies.


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