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The Books of Joel, Amos and Obadiah

The Book of Joel

The prophecies of Joel, son of Pethuel, were written around 400 BC. Joel warned about the Day of Judgement of Yahweh and called on the people of Israel to repent for their sins. Joel’s text is very short and ends, like Hosea’s prophecies, with a vision of a glorious future for Israel.

The Book of Amos

Amos and Hosea lived in the northern kingdom of Israel, just before the invasion by the armies of Assyria. Amos was a shepherd of Tekoa. He had visions about Israel in the time of Uzziah, King of Judah, and Jeroboam, King of Israel. His text is written in poetic and epic lines. Amos gave us a very pessimistic view of the plagues of locusts, droughts, darkness and famines that Yahweh would send as punishment for the sins of the Israelites. Amos’ text is a lamentation and mourning over Israel’s fate.

The Book of Obadiah

The Book of the Prophet Obadiah is but a short prophecy, dating from around 580 BC. It tells Yahweh’s sentence pronounced on Edom. Yahweh will annihilate Edom and warns its people. Obadiah predicted no one from the House of Edom would survive from Yahweh’s wrath. The house of Jacob would destroy Edom by fire.

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