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New Release - Amos: An Ordinary Man with an Extraordinary Message by T. J. Betts

Gavin MacKenzie

The latest addition to the popular Focus on the Bible series is Amos: An Ordinary Man with an Extraordinary message by T. J. Betts.

Amos had no claim to fame. He was not even a son of a prophet. Neither had he any formal training to be a prophet. Yet God called him out from a career of overseeing Herdsman. He was sent out from the south to bring the Lord’s message to Samaria in the Northern Kingdom. Amos, called to speak at the time of national disunity; military superiority; economic prosperity and religious activity. Amos brings home the idea of a famine. However it is not food the people lack like we might expect but there is a famine of the Word of God. Through this study we will be reminded of the importance of the Word of God in our lives.

Praise for Amos: An Ordinary Man with an Extraordinary Message:

"Books on the Old Testament tend to be either technical and tedious or superficial and moralistic. Once in a while we discover one that breaks the mould. T. J. Betts has done it! He tells us not only what Amos means but also why it matters. He proves again that the expositor's task is not to make the Bible relevant, but to simply show how relevant it is!"

Alistair Begg ~ Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

"What a wonderful gift to the pastor who wants to allow the text of Scripture to drive his sermon. T.J. Betts' commentary will be ready at hand when I prepare to teach from the prophet Amos. It is a treasure trove for the serious expositor."

Daniel L. Atkin ~ President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina

"T. J. Betts comes to the text of Amos with a scholarly mind and a pastoral heart. His judgments about the text are carefully considered and sound, and his prose is warm and direct. Pastors who have found the task of preaching from the prophets daunting will discover in this volume helpful material for historical background, theological interpretation, and homiletical application."

Duane Garrett ~ John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"I have known T. J. Betts for a number of years. He was raised in a pastor's home, and he is a pastor/scholar who writes for the local church. Using personal illustrations and practical applications in this commentary, he shows how the writings of an eighth-century B.C. prophet still speak to the 21st century church."

Chuck Lawless ~ Vice-President for Global Theological Advance, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, Crestwood, Kentucky

Amos: An Ordinary Man with an Extraordinary Message is available at your local Christian book store. Here are a few of the places you can purchase it online:, Monergism Books,,, or

A complete list of all books in the Focus on the Bible series can be found here: LINK.

About the Author:

T. J. Betts serves as an Assistant Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Boyce College. Before becoming an Assistant Professor at Boyce College, Dr. Betts served adjunctively both at Boyce and Southern Seminary in the areas of Hebrew and Old Testament. He is a fifth generation Baptist minister who has pastored three churches in Ohio and Indiana for over 14 years. Dr. Betts has authored Ezekiel the Priest: A Custodian of Tora as well as a number of articles and essays and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

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