Amos in Song and Book Culture argues that the gist and movement of the prophecy in the book of Amos can be attributed to Amos himself, who composed a coherent cycle of poetry. His dire predictions came after the Fall of Samaria but before the Fall of Jerusalem. Writing a century later, the author of the book preserved but updated Amos’s text by fitting it into a developing literary, historical, and prophetic tradition. Amos is used as a test case to show that prophecy originated in the performing arts but was later transformed into history and biography. The original prophecy is a song Amos recited at symposia or festivals. The book’s interest focuses on the performer and his times.
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- Provides seven poems composed by Amos
- Attempts to discover the original writing of Amos
- Examines recurring themes, motifs, and language of the text
- Title: Amos in Song and Book Culture
- Author: Joyce Rilett Wood
- Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
- Publication Date: 2002
- Pages: 260
About Joyce Rilett Wood
Joyce Rilett Wood has taught at various universities, most recently at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and currently works in Toronto.