Profile: Amos

A RESUME can only give you a small glimpse into a person’s abilities and talents. If he had to write a resumé, Amos would have included shepherd, herdsman, and sycamore fig farmer. In considering him for the job of prophet, we might have discarded his resumé. But God sees something in him that will …

Profile: Ezekiel

“SON OF MAN,” said the Lord, “can these bones come to life?” (Ez 37: 3). The Lord had led the prophet Ezekiel into a broad plain filled with bones—dry and bleached in the unforgiving sun. “Son of man,” said God, “these bones are the whole house of Israel” (Ez 37:11). For their sins, the people had …

Profile: Eleazar

WE HEAR the phrase “culture wars” often enough. To us it means agreement over moral values, like the life of the unborn, authentic marriage, or respect for conscience. In the time of the Maccabees, the conflict was even more acute: it was a conflict between the sophisticated and elegant culture of …

Profile: Elijah

Though scarcely a handful of pages are needed to tell the story of this amazing man, so crowded with incident and importance is the telling that it fairly takes one’s breath away. Only God could fashion a tale so fantastic, beginning with the name itself, which means “Yaweh is my …