Hosea & Amos: Prophets to the North

Hosea and Amos share prophetic concern for a nation in turmoil.

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Comparing the Two Prophets to the North

Amos and Hosea have often been contrasted, the former characterized as a critic of cultic waywardness and the latter as a champion of social justice. In reality, the contrast is not so simple. Both were responding to the changing conditions as an apparently secure but decadent society was overtaken by rapid political and religious disintegration.

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Anne-Marie Belinfante is a specialist in Dorot Jewish Division of the New York Public Library.