This final, sixth volume of the Unusual Bible Interpretations series explores the books of Jonah and Amos.
The books of these two prophets are filled with obscurities, generating hundreds of questions, which have provoked misunderstandings and made it difficult to understand the prophets’ intentions.
Noted biblical scholar Dr. Israel Drazin has prepared new translations of Jonah and Amos, included an extensive easy-to-read commentary, and related eye-opening discourses through which he uncovers and explores
What is the significance of Jonah being saved by a large fish, and why was a miracle even necessary?
Why does the word repentance, which many assume to be the message of the book, not appear in it even once?
Amos prophesies to the Israelites that the Ethiopians are as loved by God as God loves the Israelites. He states that God performed miracles for other nations comparable to the exodus from Egypt. What is he teaching? Citing dozens of sources as well as his own views, in a clear and logical manner, the author presents a compelling case for a new understanding of Jonah and Amos, and moreover, that – contrary to popular assumption – the message of these prophets is that God is interested in the proper treatment of our fellow man above all other forms of worship, even sacrifices, festivals, and prayers.
- Includes a verse-by-verse translation and analysis of Jonah and Amos.
- Provides a clear, unbiased exploration of these biblical books, utilizing a wide spectrum of biblical and scholarly sources (Jewish and Christian).
- The book of Jonah is read in synagogue on Yom Kippur – this is a timely volume that will enhance the worshipper’s understanding of the text.
- Page Count: 200
Unusual Bible Interpretations: Jonah and Amos
Dr. Israel Drazin served for thirty-one years in the US military and attained the rank of Brigadier General. He has two Masters, in both psychology and Hebrew literature, a PhD in Judaic Studies, and is an attorney and a rabbi.
He developed the legal strategy that saved the military chaplaincy when its constitutionality was attacked in court, and he received the Legion of Merit for his service.
Dr. Drazin is the author of twenty-five books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authored with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of three books on the twelfth-century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All.