Allen R. Guenther brings an evangelical believers church perspective to the study of two eighth-century B.C. prophets. He explores theological and practical implications of their message, which he applies to the contemporary church.
This work compares Israel’s distinctive religion, influenced by Baal-worshiping Phoenician neighbors, with faith in Judah. In his own marriage, Hosea dramatizes God’s redeeming love. Amos’s exposure of shallow piety and injustice brings him into confrontation with the official priest at Bethel. For both prophets, the Lord’s judgment is to lead on to repentance and restoration.
Allen R. Guenther is professor of Old Testament at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, California. He has also taught at Mennonite Brethren Bible College and College of Arts at Winnipeg. Guenther was born in Manitoba and received his ThB from the Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg, his B.A. from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. in New Testament from Wheaton Graduate School of Theology, an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Divinity School, an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto, and in 1978 his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from the University of Toronto.