Rereading Amos 7:8–17 in the context of the ‘professional’ prophets in Nigeria

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dc.contributor.author Uroko, Favour Chukwuemeka
dc.contributor.author Enobong, Solomon
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-14T05:45:21Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-14T05:45:21Z
dc.date.issued 2020-08
dc.description.abstract Examining the prophetic commission in Amos 7:8–17, this article argues that it points towards complete repudiation and disdain for the office of the professional prophets in Israel. This anger of Yahweh against Amaziah, his wife and his children for his role in King Jeroboam’s II bad leadership in Israel were analysed in relation to contemporary professional prophesying in Nigeria. Just like the ancient Israelite society, most Nigerian priests and prophets are interested in prophesying for financial gain from those in leadership positions. This is why most of their prophecies are not geared towards reprimanding political leaders concerning their actions. Instead, the professional prophets conspire against any priest or prophet who tends to speak the truth. It was concluded that for Nigeria to achieve the needed development, priests and prophets should not engage in prophecy for material gain. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS: The research on Amos 7:8–17 in the context of the ‘professional’ prophets in Nigeria is based on the current prophesying for financial gains that are rampant amongst priests and members of the clergy in Nigeria. They never warn political leaders against their wrong actions. It was discovered that most of these prophecies are geared towards gaining inordinate favours, political and financial inducements from those in political leadership. Disciplines implicated include Sociology, Church history and Dogmatics. en_ZA
dc.description.department New Testament Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.ve.org.za/index.php/VE en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Uroko, F.C. & Enobong, S., 2020, ‘Rereading Amos 7:8–17 in the context of the “professional” prophets in Nigeria’, Verbum et Ecclesia 41(1), a1952. https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v41i1.1952. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ve.v41i1.1952
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/82106
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Priests en_ZA
dc.subject Prophets en_ZA
dc.subject Prophecy en_ZA
dc.subject Amaziah en_ZA
dc.subject Amos 7:8–17 en_ZA
dc.subject Professional prophets en_ZA
dc.subject Nigeria en_ZA
dc.title Rereading Amos 7:8–17 in the context of the ‘professional’ prophets in Nigeria en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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