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Interpreting the "Book of Hosea"
Reviews the "Book of Hosea" from the Old Testament in which God instructs the prophet Hosea to engage in behavior that seems questionably moral.
# 153469 | 2,930 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 04, 2013 in Literature (World) , Religion and Theology (The Bible)

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This paper explains that the "Book of Hosea" presents an allegory of how God is unhappy with and will punish Israel, which is represented as God's bride. Next, the author presents information about the setting, history, Hosea, context, style and theology relating to this Old Testament book. The author concludes that, while the book deals with anger and sadness, just as Hosea shows forgiveness and love to his straying wife, God will show forgiveness and love to the people of Israel.

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"Obviously, the theme of infidelity is one that runs throughout the "Book of Hosea". Gomer is identified as a promiscuous woman. Moreover, when one looks at the names of Hosea's children, they seem to be suggestive of the idea that at least one of them was actually fathered by another man. Even if they were not, the fact that Gomer was a promiscuous woman prior to her marriage to Hosea would have condemned her to the role of an adulterer, even if she was never actually unfaithful to her husband, when one considers the religious and cultural sexual mores of the relevant time period. However, it is important to look at the Book of Hosea as a whole to see how he reacts to Gomer. While there is condemnation of the fact that Gomer has been promiscuous, Hosea does not use that as a reason to divorce his wife. Instead, he remains married to her, and, presumably, in love with her. This is an important theological detail, since the relationship between Hosea and Gomer is clearly representative of the relationship between God and Israel. "Just as Hosea could still love his unfaithful wife, so God still loves unfaithful Israel"."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Landy, Francis. Hosea. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995. Print.
  • Limburg, James. Interpretation: A Biblical Commentary for Teaching and Preaching, Hosea- Micah. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1988. Print.
  • Mays, James Luther. Hosea: A Commentary. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press. Print.
  • Newsome, James. The Hebrew Prophets. Louisville, KY: John Knox Press, 1984. Print.
  • Zvi, Ehud Ben. Hosea. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005. Print.

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