Introduction to the Book of Amos Index
Research Material


  • In common with the other books comprising the Minor Prophets, the title of the book is the name of the author, Amos. The name in Hebrew is 'Amos, derived from the verb 'amas, "to load," or "to carry [a load]." Hence the name means a "burden bearer," which meaning agrees appropriately with the weighty and solemn messages the prophet was called upon to deliver. The name does not occur elsewhere in the Old Testament. (4BC 953)