Was Amos right in his views on God and Israel and his predictions of Israel's future

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  • Was Amos right in his views on God and Israel and his predictions of Israel's future?
    • Amos' predictions were wrong
      • Predictions were never exactly fulfilled
        • On a number of counts Amos went too far. He was out of order.
        • Amos misrepresents the justice of God, He would not punish the innocent with the guilty
        • The fall of Samaria was unconnected with the sins of Bethel
        • It wasn't Israel's fault
        • Natural disasters are not related to human sin
        • Jeroboam II reigned for two decades
    • Amos' predictions were right
      • Loss of ten tribes
      • An unjust, lawless society will always self destruct
      • Fall of Samaria and exile within half a century
      • The destruction of the Northern sanctuaries
  • 'Amos' was right in his predictions of Israel's future'
    • Correct
      • Assyrian deportation policy meant that the Northern kingdom 'disappeared'
      • From 746 BCE Israel was in continual turmoil
      • The dynasty ended when Jeroboam II's son was assassinated soon after his accession
      • If the glimmers of hope and the final oracles come from Amos, then they are too correct
        • Some may have escaped to Judah
        • Descendants of some of those deported to Babylon may have joined those deported later from Judah to Babylon
      • Fall of Samaria and end of Northern kingdom of Israel in 721 BCE
    • Incoorrect
      • The optimistic oracles were not spoken by Amos but came from a later age so are irrelevant to this debate
  • Right as the broad principles are valid for all time
    • The belief that God punishes sin
    • The belief that corruption and injustice end in disaster for perpetrators and victims
    • Correct
      • Assyrian deportation policy meant that the Northern kingdom 'disappeared'
      • From 746 BCE Israel was in continual turmoil
      • The dynasty ended when Jeroboam II's son was assassinated soon after his accession
      • If the glimmers of hope and the final oracles come from Amos, then they are too correct
        • Some may have escaped to Judah
        • Descendants of some of those deported to Babylon may have joined those deported later from Judah to Babylon
      • Fall of Samaria and end of Northern kingdom of Israel in 721 BCE

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