Amos with Daniel Carroll

Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R. (Wheaton College) guides us through Amos. We discuss:

  • When, where, by whom Hosea was written
  • God as the main theme of Amos
  • The interplay of ethics, theology, and worship
  • The meaning of one of the most well-known verses of Amos: “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everlasting stream” (5:24)
  • The judgment of the nations in Amos 1–2 as a strategy of suspense rather than entrapment
  • Whether or not Amos uses the notion of natural law to indict the nations
  • God’s lament over his judgment, and the necessity of judgment for justice
  • The meaning of “the plumb line” as “tin” (Amos 7:7–8)
  • How to understand Amos 7:12–15 and if Amos is a prophet
  • Amos 9 gives hope to Israel by presenting a future in which the people rebuild their lives within the land

Works by Daniel Carroll

  • “Twenty Years of Amos Research,” Currents in Biblical Research 18.1, 2019
  • Amos—The Prophet and His Oracles: Research on the Book of Amos. Westminster John Knox, 2022
  • Amos. NICOT. Eerdmans, 2020
  • The Lord Roars: Recovering the Prophetic Voice for Today. Baker Academic, 2022

Daniel Carroll Recommends

  • David Nirenberg, Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition. Norton, 2013.


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This episode is co-sponsored by Samford University and the Alabama Humanities Alliance, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Alabama Humanities Alliance, the National Endowment for the Humanities or Samford University.