noun \ˈā-məs\

Definition of AMOS

:  a Hebrew prophet of the eighth century b.c.
:  a prophetic book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture — see bible table

Origin of AMOS

Hebrew ʽĀmōs
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Bible Terms

antediluvian, apocalyptic, apocrypha, behemoth

Rhymes with AMOS


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(flourished 8th century BC) Earliest Hebrew prophet (one of the 12 Minor Prophets) to have a biblical book named for him. Born in Tekoa in Judah, he was a shepherd. According to the book of Amos, he traveled to the richer and more powerful northern kingdom of Israel to preach his visions of divine destruction and the message that God's absolute sovereignty required justice for rich and poor alike and that God's chosen people were not exempt from the moral order. He foretold the destruction of the northern kingdom and Judah and anticipated the predictions of doom by later biblical prophets.


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