Reading Amos as a Book by Karl Möller
‘Amos has too little story, too little train of thought, and too little internal coherence to hold interest for more than a few verses or, at most, a chapter.’ wrote RB Coote in 1981. ‘Not so,’ says Karl Moeller in this Grove book. Obviously, an Amos enthusiast, Möller presents the prophet in such a way that I immediately wanted to re-read the biblical text. Amos is in fact in confrontational debate with the Israelites, presenting their ills and recalling them to God. The message is nuanced and well-constructed, possibly a book for our time. Yet amid the sin and gloom the message also contains hope.
As well as presenting a different view of Amos, Möller includes Questions for Reflection at the end of each chapter. For a preacher presented with a text from Amos this little book will provide a useful starting point. (In the Common Lectionary Amos appears in July!).
Review by Liz Shercliff, Reviews and resources Editor
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