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Chapter Four: Religious Polemics in Amos 5

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As in the message of the prophet contained in Am 4 the words of this chapter constitutes an ideological unity consisting of pronouncements of judgement and of accusations concerning the ethical and religious behaviour of the Israelites. With regard to vv. 18-27 containing, among other things, the famous words about the "Day of Yahweh" and the cryptic statement in v. 26 containing the words skwt and kywn, it is difficult to decide upon the original relationship of this text to the obvious unit vv. 1-17. A natural starting point for a short survey of the history of research of the "Day of Yahweh" is the German scholar Hugo Gressmann. Like so many scholars after him, Gressmann connected ywm yhwh with the wars of Yahweh and inter alia pointed to Arabic yaum as a designation for the wars of the Arabs in Arabic literature as a parallel.

Keywords: Amos; Arabic literature; Day of Yahweh; Hugo Gressmann; ideological unity; Israelites



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