Amos lesson 1 (updated)

February 7, 2007 at 9:58 pm (Uncategorized)

THE PROPHET AMOS WORKSHEET
Lesson 1
PART A. HISTORICAL AND THEOLOGICAL INTRODUCTION

1) Read Deuteronomy 17:14-20.

  • a) What are the people forbidden here?
  • b) The king is forbidden 6 things, what are they?
  • C) What must the king do regarding the book of the law?

2) Read Deuteronomy 18:9-20.

  • a) What is required of the people in regard to legitimate prophets?

3) Read Deuteronomy 28.

  • a) Name two or three of the blessing which are most meaningful or appealing to you. Explain why?
  • b) Name two or three of the curses that would most terrify you. Explain why?
  • c) Do your actions correspond to the blessings you find most meaningful/appealing? (Personal reflections need not be shared)

4) Read 1 Kings 11.

  • a) Compare verses 1-10 of this chapter with Deuteronomy 17:14-20. What things forbidden the king did King Solomon do?
  • b) What is the reason given for the rebellion of Jeroboam, son of Nebat (see 1 Kings 11:26-34). [Note: Jeroboam, son of Nebat is often called Jeroboam I by modern scholars; this is to distinguish him from a second Jeroboam who reigned as king during the time of Amos.]

PLEASE NOTE THAT AFTER THE DIVISION OF THE KINGDOM OF DAVID THE NEW NORTHERN KINGDOM RETAINED THE NAME ISRAEL, WHILE THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM BECAME KNOWN AS JUDAH.

5) Read Deuteronomy 12:1-14.

  • a) Where did Solomon end up building this sanctuary/temple?

6) Read 1 Kings 12:1-13:3.

  • a) What was the sin of Jeroboam I?
  • b) What is propehcied against him and his sin?

Lesson 1
PART B. CHAPTERS 1 & 2

1) Read 1: 1.

  • a) What do you think the purpose of the superscrition is?
  • b) What (NOT WHO) is the focus of the superscription?

2) Read 1:2.

  • a) Scholars call this verse the keynote to the book of Amos. What does this keynote suggest about the content of the book?
  • b) What is being prophecied in this particular verse?
  • c) Which of the introductory readings given above does this verse remind you of?
  • d) What image does the word “roaring” conjure up for you?

3) Read 1:3-2:5.

  • a) Does the stereotypical formula employed by the prophet in these oracles have any effect on you? If yes, what is the effect? (Note: remember these oracles were originally spoken).
  • b) Imagine you are one of the Jews of the Northern Kingdom of Israel who heard Amos preach; what do you think your reaction to the condemnation of your fellow Jews in the Kingdom of Juday would have been? (Note: the two kingdoms sometimes worked closely together and at other times warred with one another. In Amos’ day they were at peace but Judah was in vassalage to Israel)

4) Read 2:6-16.

  • a) What sets the condemnation of Israel apart from all the other oracles?
  • b) Does it surprise you that Israel receives such a strong condemnation in comparison to the Pagans? Explain why or why not?
  • b) Which introductory readings given in PART A relate to this passage?
  • c) What do the verses 13-16 suggest concerning the punishment to come upon Israel?
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