Prophets of the Bible.

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1.Two features of the work and themes of Amos and Hosea that differentiate them from one another.

Religion practices differentiated Amos and Hosea. Amos believed that religion should be defined by ethics, that is, treatment of the oppressed. Hosea believed that religions should be focused on beliefs and practices, similar to those practiced in the wilderness in the past with Moses. This is very much a Judaism theology against fertility religions and the worshiping of Baal.

Another difference between the prophecies of Amos and Hosea was that Amos believed that judgment was settled by unavoidable decisions. This means that the Lord has made his decisions, and they are final. His belief was that the day of the Lord was dark, and hopeless. Hosea however had a different view than Amos. He believed that there was hope beyond the Judgment of the Lord.

He felt that the Lord does not know what to do about his anguish against the people.

2.The forms of speech prophets often used and how knowing these forms helps us understand the prophets better.

Two examples of forms of speech the prophets often used were Call Narrative and Judgment Oracles. Call Narrative exists when someone tells their own story of being summoned by God and becoming a prophet. Summoned, often not by choice, these prophets wrote in their own words how the things happened. Individual responses can help us better understand where the prophets are coming from, such as Isaiah, chapter 6. A Judgment Oracle explains details of problems with society and what the punishment will be. Judgment Oracles show how the prophets view the judgment, and thus, how they individually define sins. For example, Amos and Hosea view Judgment differently because Hosea shows hope.


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