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“All Israel was registered by genealogies; and these are in the
book o f the kings o f Israel.” (I Chron. 9:1)
David K imhi, in his comm en ta ry on this verse, writes th a t
what is ind ica ted h e re is th a t the book o f the kings o f Israel
con ta in ed add ition a l d e ta iled genealog ical lists. He goes on to
say: “We do no t have th a t book , as is th e case with the Book
o f J a s h a r an d th e Book o f th e Wars o f the L o rd .”
T h e book o f Amos con ta ins only a p o r tion o f the words o f
the p ro p h e t o f T ekoa . O u r Sages have asked: “Did Amos p r o p h ­
ecy only these , an d is he no t known to have p rop h e s ied m o re
th an all o f his colleagues?”2 Louis F inkelstein has rem a rk ed th a t
while the book o f Amos is sm a ller th an those o f his con tem ­
po ra r ie s Isaiah an d Hosea , the au th o rs o f the M idrash knew
o f o th e r p rophec ie s o f his th a t were no t inc luded in the p re sen t
collection .3
“The other events o f Manasseh’s reign, and his prayer to his
God, and the words o f the seers who spoke to him in the name
o f the Lord God o f Israel are found in the chronicles o f the
kings o f Israel. His prayer and how it was granted to him, the
whole account o f his sin and trespass, and the places in which
he built shrines and installed sacred posts and images before
he humbled himself are recorded in the words o f Hozai.” (II
Chron. 34:18-19)
“Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah which all the singers,
male and female, recited in their laments for Josiah, as is done
to this day; they became customary in Israel and were incorpo­
rated into the laments.” (II Chron. 35:25)
Sifre Deut.
I, and
Yalkut ha-Makiri
on Amos.
3. See his
New Light From the Prophets
(London, 1969), p. 21.