How should Christians conduct themselves in the public square? This article focuses upon the Old Testament prophet Amos, and his life, mission, and message and its relevance for Christians in the public square. The author first introduces the concept of the public square and then make use of relevant biographical, geographical and historical facts that are helpful to understand Amos’ prophetic voice in the public square.
Old Testament prophets often refer to God's deeds in the past. New situations and circumstances demanded new applications of older traditions. Studies of the prophets often notice these continuities and discontinuities with the previous tradition. This essay takes note of continuity and discontinuity in the prophet Amos' use of tradition.
This article explains the function of the wordplay and use of dialect in Amos 8:1-2.
The use of Amos 9:11-12 in Acts 15 has been much discussed. Many covenant theologians has seen this text as evidence for the church replacing Israel. Dispensational exegetes treat this text as not relevant for the present age but a reference to a future state of affairs. Hays seeks to follow a third alternative and steer clear of the pitfalls mentioned.