Amos commentaries:

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As well as the commentaries and Bible studies listed below a full annotated bibliography is available for really serious students.

Gary V. Smith

Hosea/Amos/Micah (NIV Application Commentary) Zondervan, 2001
So far I have only used the volume of Genesis in this series (by John H. Walton) but that one offers a superb example of conservative evangelical scholarship at its best. It has a really satisfactory approach to the old Genesis/evolution debates that is productive not destructive. I am going to buy this volume in the hopes it is nearly as good as that one. (I expect to update this page again once I have my copy of Hosea/Amos/Micah.

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Francis I. Andersen & David Noel Freedman

Amos : A New Translation With Introduction and
(Anchor Bible, Vol 24A) Doubleday, 1989

With 979 pages of smallish print this is probably the biggest ever commentary on Amos. With full and thorough discussion of most of the important issues. It majors on the ideas that Andersen and Freedman are best known for promoting, giving for example lots of information about the use of "prose particles" in different short units of the book. This is a real reference work, with nearly complete reference to scholarly debate.

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Jan De Waard, William A. Smalley

A Handbook on the Book of Amos (UBS Handbook)

United Bible Societies, 1979 (Reissued 1994)

Though originally titled "A Translator's Handbook..." this volume is useful for students with no Hebrew, as well as to those who read the original. It provides details discussion of the meaning of each small section of the book, as well as De Waard & Smalley's interesting proposal to see a powerful chiastic structure to the book.

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Doug Haugen

Jonah, Joel, Amos : Seek the Lord and Live! (Life Guide Bible Studies)

Intervarsity 1989

One of a good series of contemporary Bible Study guides. Well worth a look.

If you don't like the Intervarsity series, you could try the volume in the "Lifechange" series from the Navigators (not available from Amazon, so try here).

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John H. Hayes

Amos, the Eighth-Century Prophet : His Time and His Preaching

Abingdon, 1989

Hayes offers a short but distinctive reading of Amos. Based on this detailed reconstruction of the history of (Northern Kingdom) Israel's last years the book accurately reflects the prophet's preaching at the New Year festival in 750BCE.

The style is straightforward and Hayes provides the reasons behind his conclusions. Though out of print it could well be worth trying to get a copy from Amazon's "Out-of-Print" service.

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David Allan Hubbard

Joel and Amos (Tyndale Old Testament Commentary Series, No 226)
Intervarsity, 1990

Tyndale commentaries aim to provide the best of Evangelical scholarship. Hubbard's on (Joel &) Amos arrives at conservative conclusions, but shares the historical focus of the older style of biblical scholarship.

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Jorg Jeremias,

The Book of Amos : A Commentary (Old Testament Library) Westminster John Knox, 1998

A hot new commentary from a respected scholar, not the last word, but the latest thing in printed Amos commentaries. "Replaces" Mays' volume, but only as Paul "replaces" Wolff.

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Philip J. King

Amos, Hosea, Micah : An Archaeological Commentary

Westminster John Knox

Though out of print, this book tries to do what others do partially, discuss Amos from an Archaeological perspective. If you are serious about Amos, or keen on discovering more about Archaeology and the Bible this book is worth ordering.

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James Luther Mays

Amos; A Commentary
Westminster John Knox , 1969

Slimmer, and easier to read, than most of the other "solid" scholarly commentaries, Mays' Old Testament Library volume discusses questions that many readers either ask, or ought to ask, about Amos.

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J. A. Motyer

Message of Amos (Bible Speaks Today)

Intervarsity, 1988

This series seeks to focus on the message of the biblical book, rather than on its historical and literary features for their own sake. Could be useful as stimulus to meditation and reflection, perhaps as a complement to all that detailed study the most of the other tomes listed here will provide!

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Pr; ASIN: 0687010403

Shalom M. Paul

Amos : A Commentary on the Book of Amos

(Hermeneia-A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible) Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991

The big pages of the Hermenia series contain a wealth of well organised information and ideas. (Paul's "Amos" has 409 pages.) Less strong on scholarly debate, but with an approach which by being more sensitive to the literary feel of the book offers more balanced commentary than Wolff's earlier classic in the same series.

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Hans Walter Wolff

Joel and Amos : A Commentary on the Books of the Prophets Joel and Amos (Hermenia)

Fortress, 1977

Translation of a magisterial German commentary, illustrates the best and worst of biblical studies of that period, solid form-critical questioning arrives at over skeptical conclusions about how the book came to be. The careful and well-documented discussion of every issue is not out-dated. (Though "replaced" by Paul's volume in the series.)

This is one that's well worth trying to get as an "Out-of-Print" order!

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