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Best  2
Commentaries  6+
Early Church  6
Jewish  2



The Best Commentaries on Amos


Benefield, Sebastian, on chs. 1-3

A Commentary or Exposition upon the First Chapter of the Prophecy of Amos Delivered in 21 Sermons  (1613)

A Commentary or Exposition upon the Second Chapter of the Prophecy of Amos: Delivered in 21 Sermons  (1620)

A Commentary or Exposition upon the Third Chapter of the Prophecy of Amos Delivered in 17 Sermons  (1628)

** – “Dr. Benefield was Lady Margaret Professor in Oxford, a Puritan and thorough Calvinist.  His volume was, in its time, the standard Commentary on Amos.  It is somewhat prolix and plentifully sprinkled with Latin; it only discusses three chapters in 953 pages.” – Spurgeon

See Hall below for the rest of Amos.

Hall, Thomas – An Exposition by Way of Supplement, on Amos chs. 4-9 (1661)

** – “Hall took up Amos where Benefield left off.   He says he studied brevity, and perhaps he succeeded, for he does not quite fill 600 pages with six chapters.  The two quartos make up a complete work, of an antique type, not suitable to modern tastes, nor up to the mark of present criticism, but still instructive.  What Puritan is not?” – Spurgeon



Commentaries on Amos


Luther, Martin – ‘Lectures on Amos’  in Lectures on the Minor Prophets, vol. 1  in Luther’s Works  ed. Hilton C. Oswald  (Concordia, 1973), pp. 127-92



Ryan, Vincent – Lectures in Exposition of the Book of the Prophet Amos  (1850)

Vincent was an Anglican curate.

** – “A commendable series of Lectures; the more valuable because so few moderns have ventured to touch the subject.” – Spurgeon



Cripps, Richard Stafford – A Critical & Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Amos  Buy  (1929 / 1955)  Reprinted by Klock & Klock

‘Not abreast of the latest archaeological material.  The exposition, however, is very full.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Honeycutt, Roy Lee – Amos & his Message  (Broadman Press, 1963)  185 pp.  ToC

‘Provides a well-written interpretative analysis of this prophecy.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Howard, James Keir – Amos among the Prophets  (Baker, 1967)  125 pp.  ToC

‘After carefully analyzing the two main sections of the prophecy, the author discusses the ‘reformation movement’ and interprets the prophecy both in relation to its historical background and also in terms of its abiding principles of conduct.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Mays, James Luther – Amos: a Commentary  in Old Testament Library  (Westminster Press, 1969)  170 pp.  ToC  The publisher is liberal.

‘Building upon the historical setting, expounds the contents and form of the book.  A capable treatment.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Veldkamp, Herman – The Farmer from Tekoa  Buy  (1977)

Veldkamp is a Dutch Reformed pastor who has written on a number of the minor prophets.



The Early Church on Amos


Ferreiro, Alberto – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: The Twelve Prophets  Pre  Buy  (IVP Academic, 2003)  370 pp.  ToC



Jerome – Commentaries on the 12 Prophets, vol. 1 (Buy), 2 (Pre)  in Ancient Christian Texts

Jerome (c. 342–347 – 420)

Theodore of Mopsuestia – ‘Commentary on the Prophet Amos’  in Commentary on the Twelve Prophets  trans. Robert C. Hill  in Fathers of the Church  (Catholic University of America Press, 2004), pp. 126-73

Theodore (c. 350 – 428)

Cyril of Alexandria – ‘Commentary on the Prophet Amos’  in Commentary on the Twelve Prophets, vol. 2  trans. Robert C. Hill  in Fathers of the Church  (Catholic University of America Press, 2007), pp. 5-134

Cyril (c. 376 – 444)

Julian of Eclanum – Commentaries on Job, Hosea, Joel & Amos  in Ancient Christian Texts  Pre  (2021)  ToC  Latin

Julian (c. 386 – c. 455) was bishop of Eclanum in Italy and was a leader of the Pelagians.

Theodoret of Cyrus – Commentary on the Twelve Prophets  Ref  (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2006)  378 pp.

Theodoret (c. 393 – c. 458/466)



Medieval Jewish Commentaries

The Arabic Translation & Commentary of Yefet ben ʿEli the Karaite on the Books of Amos, Haggai & Malachi  Pre  (Brill, 2021)  199 pp.

Yefet (c. 914 – 1009) was perhaps the foremost Karaite commentator on the Bible during the “Golden Age of Karaism”.

Harris, Robert A. – Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency, Commentaries on Amos & Jonah (with Selections from Isaiah & Ezekiel)  Pre  (Kalamazoo, MI: Teams, 2018)  115 pp.  ToC

Eliezer (fl. 1100’s)




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