Amos



a Minor Prophet of the 8th century b.c.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “burden.”.
Contemporary Examples

As a psychologist, he received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work with Amos Tversky on decision making.
Daniel Kahneman Talks Intuition and Optimism With Sam Harris Sam Harris November 29, 2011

He appointed another of the prime minister’s associates, veteran journalist Amos Regev, as editor of Israel Hayom.
Wither The Israeli Press? Noam Sheizaf October 2, 2012

Or, because the Egyptians are furious with the usual envoy, Amos Gilad, who they say broke their trust.
No Passes In Wartime Orly Halpern November 21, 2012

Amos 3:2 states that any nation that divides the Land of Israel will come under the severe judgment of God.
The Only Hope for Mideast Peace Eric Alterman March 9, 2010

We believe it becomes a ‘good order and discipline’ issue if [Amos] believes he is being misrepresented by them.
Gagging the Corps: A Marine Commandant’s War on Newsprint David Abrams February 25, 2014

Historical Examples

“Give him a lance-thrust, Amos,” cried Saunders, reloading his piece.
The World of Ice R.M. Ballantyne

Mother says, ‘Ezry an’ Amos, won’t you never get through eatin’?
A Little Book of Profitable Tales Eugene Field

Such was the view that Amos took of the matter, and now came the question what he was to do.
Amos Huntingdon T.P. Wilson

He and his agent, the Hon. Amos Kendall, determined to rely on private enterprise.
Heroes of the Telegraph J. Munro

When Biddle fell, Amos, with the instinct of the mariner, had rushed towards the unmanned helm.
With Drake on the Spanish Main Herbert Strang

noun (Old Testament)
a Hebrew prophet of the 8th century bc
the book containing his oracles

masc. proper name; third of the prophets in the Old Testament; from Greek, from Hebrew Amos, literally “borne (by God).”
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borne; a burden, one of the twelve minor prophets. He was a native of Tekota, the modern Tekua, a town about 12 miles south-east of Bethlehem. He was a man of humble birth, neither a “prophet nor a prophet’s son,” but “an herdman and a dresser of sycomore trees,” R.V. He prophesied in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah, and was contemporary with Isaiah and Hosea (Amos 1:1; 7:14, 15; Zech. 14:5), who survived him a few years. Under Jeroboam II. the kingdom of Israel rose to the zenith of its prosperity; but that was followed by the prevalence of luxury and vice and idolatry. At this period Amos was called from his obscurity to remind the people of the law of God’s retributive justice, and to call them to repentance. The Book of Amos consists of three parts: (1.) The nations around are summoned to judgment because of their sins (1:1-2:3). He quotes Joel 3:16. (2.) The spiritual condition of Judah, and especially of Israel, is described (2:4-6:14). (3.) In 7:1-9:10 are recorded five prophetic visions. (a) The first two (7:1-6) refer to judgments against the guilty people. (b) The next two (7:7-9; 8:1-3) point out the ripeness of the people for the threatened judgements. 7:10-17 consists of a conversation between the prophet and the priest of Bethel. (c) The fifth describes the overthrow and ruin of Israel (9:1-10); to which is added the promise of the restoration of the kingdom and its final glory in the Messiah’s kingdom. The style is peculiar in the number of the allusions made to natural objects and to agricultural occupations. Other allusions show also that Amos was a student of the law as well as a “child of nature.” These phrases are peculiar to him: “Cleanness of teeth” [i.e., want of bread] (4:6); “The excellency of Jacob” (6:8; 8:7); “The high places of Isaac” (7:9); “The house of Isaac” (7:16); “He that createth the wind” (4:13). Quoted, Acts 7:42.

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