Now That’s An Interesting Question: Why DID Amos go to Samaria?

Samaria from the Minaret of Mosque

Samaria – (Photo credit: OSU Special Collections & Archives)

A new contribution at Bible and Interpretation asks and then strives to answer it.

The bottom line:

The Book of Amos presents Amos as an emissary from the south occasionally prophesying in Samaria and Bethel, as if he represented Zion and Jerusalem, but with a self-understanding of being divinely called to attack the social politics of the northern kingdom and its illegitimate cult in Bethel.

See if you agree that his conclusion is correct.