Amos - Concordia Commentary

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Dr. Lessing's considers the subversive poetry and comforting Gospel of Amos in this Concordia Commentary on Amos.
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“A Lion has roared; who should not be terrified?” (3:8) According to the prophet Amos, most should be terrified. Everyone really. In this bombastic appeal to Israel, Amos hails God’s people with dreadful appeals and skillfully subverts their expectations of a prophet to shock them into recognition of their sin. He bids them to worship only to condemn them for their idolatry. He extols the dominion of the Lord–usually a source of comfort and protection for Israel–as instead an inescapable power for punishment. In this commentary and original translation, Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing provides an original translation that highlights Amos as a master of Hebraic poetry­–radical, subversive, and affrontive. He also highlights the Gospel in Amos, especially in the last oracle, with its promise of the resurrection of the tabernacle of David and the gathering of a remnant of Israel and the gentiles to a new creation (9:11-15).


  • Preaching Like Amos
  • On Hebrew Poetry
  • Amos’ Place in the Minor Prophets
  • The Church’s Response to Ethical Issues
  • The Prophets and Israel’s Worship


"I read the commentary as a parish pastor who wanted to better teach God’s people the fullness of God’s Word. This commentary is a great resource for the pastor. It is rich with information concerning the culture and habits of the day which helps with the interpretation of God’s Word. Geography, economics, world events, and other information is presented to help understand Amos. This information not only helps the pastor understand Amos, but enriches his understanding of much of the prophetic writings. Of course, this then builds the appreciation of the rest of the Holy Scriptures.
Brother pastors and other brothers and sisters in Christ, this commentary on Amos is a valuable asset to You in the understanding of God’s Word for the strengthening of your faith."

Rev. Kirk Peters of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Buffalo, Wyoming from Lutheran Hymnody and Pulpit Quarterly Book Review

"This is an excellent work, though it is long (more than 600 pages) and heavily depends on three commentaries (Paul, Niehaus, and Andersen and Freedman). Its strength is the detailed explanation of Hebrew phrases, so it will be very useful for pastors who want to maintain their use of the Hebrew Language."

–Gary W Smith, Bethel Seminary from Bulletin for Biblical Research 2012

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