God called individuals from differing backgrounds to speak as prophets on his behalf, sometimes in difficult circumstances.
The backgrounds of the prophets
Ex 2:1-10 Moses was brought up in the Egyptian royal court; 1Sa 1:21-28 Samuel was a temple servant at Shiloh; 1Ki 19:19-21 Elisha was a farmer; Eze 1:3 Ezekiel was a priest living in exile in Babylonia. It is not entirely clear whether Amos was a wealthy sheep breeder and land owner or a poor migrant worker before his call to be a prophet. The Hebrew word translated “shepherd” could equally well be translated “sheep breeder”:Am 1:1; Am 7:14
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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