Dating Amos' Oracles against the Nations: Metaphors of Neo-Assyrian Campaigns

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The Amosian oracles against the nations (Amos 1:3–2:16) with the superscription (Amos 1:1-2), present an important source for all disciplines of peri-exilic scholarship – from biblical studies to Ancient Near Eastern history and archeology. This paper suggests a new approach to their dating. While scholars have generally maintained that the Amosian corpus displays no knowledge of the Neo-Assyrian campaigns of the eighth century BCE,1 the analysis presented here shows a striking adherence – specifically to the annals of Tiglathpileser III – revealed through paronomasia, allegories and metaphors carefully crafted by the Amosian author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-551
Number of pages28
JournalRevue Biblique
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Archaeology


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