New Book by Professor Jason Radine Reassesses Book of Amos

The Book of Amos in Emergent Judah by Jason Radine, assistant professor of religion, challenges traditional scholarly assumptions about the biblical book. "Amos is not a work of '‘prophecy' as the phenomenon is known from the ancient Near East," he asserts, "but rather a religio-political document that explains and justifies the withdrawal of divine favor from the northern kingdom of Israel."

"I believe the book was written after the destruction of the northern kingdom," says Dr. Radine. "It uses lamentation language to describe the Assyrian conquest of Israel, but also makes social justice accusations that justify the northern kingdom's destruction." Radine believes Amos was written in stages, the earliest about 700 B.C.—60 years later than conventionally believed.

Radine's book, a revision of his doctoral dissertation, is based on recent developments in the study of ancient Near Eastern prophecy, as well as new archaeological models of the development of ancient Judah and Israel. Published by Mohr Siebeck in Germany, The Book of Amos in Emergent Judah will be distributed to academic libraries throughout the U.S. and Europe. (Dr. Radine gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Moravian FDRC, which funded indexing of the book.)

Radine's research focuses on conflicts in ancient Israel, particularly the internecine conflict between Judah and Israel. He will present his latest work, which deals with Hosea, Micah, Zephaniah and other prophetic books, at two conferences this fall—one in the U.S. and the other (an invited paper) in Münster, Germany.