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Oracle against Israel’s social injustices: A rhetorical analysis of Amos 2:6−8

Ferry Y. Mamahit, Pieter M. Venter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 66, No 1 | a729 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v66i1.729 | © 2010 Ferry Y. Mamahit, Pieter M. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 October 2009 | Published: 06 September 2010

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Ferry Y. Mamahit, Department of Old Testament Studies University of Pretoria South Africa, South Africa
Pieter M. Venter, Department of Old Testament Studies University of Pretoria South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

This article applied rhetorical analysis to an analysis of Amos’ prophetic oracle against Israel’s social injustices in Amos 2:6–8. The prophet uses a major rhetorical genre, namely judicial rhetoric, and several smaller rhetorical devices including the oracle against the nations, geographical chiasmus, numerical formula (the N+1 formula), the sevenfold structure, rhetorical entrapment, repetition, the war oracle, parallel structure and chiasms. These devices are utilised by Amos to make a persuasive appeal to his audience to respond to divine indictment.

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Amos; judicial rhetoric; prophetic oracle; social injustice; rhetorical analysis

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