Amos, whose name means "Burdn-Bearer," was a native of the small town of Tekoa in the Judean hills, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) south of Jerusalem. He is the first of the so-called "writing prophets" of the eight century B.C. The others include Hosea to Israel, and Micah and Isah to Judah. Amos disclaimed training as a professional prophet, admitting e was a shepherd and one who tended sycamore-fig trees. In spite of his nonprofessional background. Amos was called to deliver God's message to the northern kingdom of Israel. Written 760-750 B.C.
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