יָם yam "sea"
in the Canaanite
which sometimes shows through in the Bible. Yam was a god, an opponent of Ba`al
("the lord"). In any case to the landlocked Hebrews the sea with its
movement and hidden depths was frightening and mysterious. In Amos the word
- once in the expression "from sea to sea" (Am 8:12) = "everywhere"
- twice in the hymn
fragments in the expression "waters of the sea"
(Am 5:8 &
- and at 9:3 as part of
a catalog of places where even if the foolish Israelites believe God is absent,
they will discover that hiding from him is useless.