This name derives from the Hebrew “‛âmôs”, meaning “encumbered, burdened, carried”. Amos was one of the Twelve Minor Prophets. An older contemporary of Hosea and Isaiah, Amos was active ~750 BCE during the reign of Jeroboam II, (786–746 BCE). He was from the southern Kingdom of Judah but preached in the northern Kingdom of Israel. Amos wrote at a time of relative peace and prosperity and neglect of religion.
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