Amos and Wisdom Traditions

Perhaps as a reaction against an earlier tendency to try to see Amos as a "cultic prophet" who as a result of his visions was led to proclaim destruction, Terrien (1962) and then Wolff (1964) sought to associate the prophet with wisdom traditions (especially with tribal wisdom). While it is true that some language structures (notably the n, n+1 sequence in 1:3-2:6; the use of questions and other rhetorical devices) and patterns of word usage in Amos show some similarities to wisdom writings, subsequent consideration has not seen this "connection" as strong.



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