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 is part of a series on the history of the Old Testament. This article looks at the historical background of the Israelites (especially the northern kingdom) throughout the time of the prophets. Here the author focuses on the message of the prophets Amos and Hosea. The author shows how God was faithful in His promise of rebuilding the house of David in Christ.