Shalom M. Paul’s work makes extensive use of ancient Near Eastern sources, and employs medieval Jewish exegesis along with modern Israeli biblical scholarship. A fantastic study of the book of Amos.
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“In sum, the shattering sound of the voice of the warrior Deity produces a cataclysmic reverberation and destructive upheaval in the world.” (Page 39)
“Principal among the Deity’s demands were justice, kindness, righteousness, integrity, honesty, and faithfulness” (Page 139)
“The occurrence of this earthquake, which was interpreted as a fulfillment of some of his prophetic oracles,36 most probably authenticated his being accepted as a true prophet and thus was cited in the introduction to his book.” (Page 36)
“They market the lowest quality of grain for their insatiable gain. They refuse even to forgo the selling of refuse.32” (Page 259)
“Amos now lists the three most frequented sanctuaries35 where the people are exhorted not to go, for the Lord is neither to be sought nor to be found there.” (Page 163)