Hosea is the first of the prophets in the book of the twelve prophets in hebrew scripture, our old testament of the bible. Why would god command one of his prophets to marry a prostitute what lesson could god possibly teach by commanding this seemingly immoral act this question is both raised and answered in the pages of the book of hosea this book describes the unfailing love of yahweh for an unfaithful people. The book of hosea is two dimensional on the one hand god gives hosea a message to deliver to the nation of israel, a word from the lord to the nation on the other hand hosea is told to act out the “love” the lord has for the sinful nation of israel hosea represents god and hosea's wife, gomer, represents israel hosea. The book of hosea is one of the books of the hebrew bible according to the traditional order of most hebrew bibles, it is the first of the twelve minor prophets set around the fall of the northern kingdom of israel, the book of hosea denounces the worship of gods other than yahweh, metaphorically comparing israel's. Today my students will study the prophet hosea in my course, “the minor prophets” when i teach hosea, my students spend a whole quarter going chapter by chapter and verse by verse through the book of hosea i do so because this great prophet of the northern kingdom had a message to the people.
Summary like the book of amos, the book of hosea is addressed to the people of the northern kingdom — israel its fourteen chapters contain both a warning. Whether hosea himself authored the book that preserves his prophecies is not known the book of hosea stands first in the division of the bible called the book of the twelve (in the apocrypha cf ecclesiasticus 49:10 see essay, p 1790) or the minor prophets (a name referring to the brevity of these books as compared to. Hosea and israel's future a recent home bible study in hosea proved to be difficult for our small group several in the class said that hosea was too true to life for us as modern americans one person said that it would be nice if we could avoid this book altogether but we stuck with the book, reminding ourselves each.
The book of hosea can be divided into two segments: a short introductory section (chs 1-3) concerned with the prophet's marriage to gomer, and their three children-jezreel, not-pitied and not-my-people-and a larger collection of oracles (chs 4-14) dealing with israel24 there is no clear-cut grouping of materials within the. Thus, my interest was peaked in class today when we started discussing the book of hosea and how, in this book, hosea is directed to marry a prostitute as you pointed out in class, this was one of the instances when marriage represents the relationship between god and his people, in this case israel.
Hosea was the son of beeri, and author of the book of prophecies bearing his name he belonged to the kingdom of israel his origin is question because of the peculiar, rough, innocent look people point to the northern part of palestine because of the intimate acquaintance he has with the localities of ephraim the period. Yahweh's response is to evoke the key past events, “i am the lord your god from the land of egypt” (12:9) god says: i made you, i saved you, i gave you life if you persist in your self-deception, your nation will end up in rubble the book of hosea, like amos, ends with a promise of restoration for those who turn to yahweh. Hosea revealed little about his background, though his book of prophecy offers a few glimpses into his life the prophet's name means “salvation,” likely a reference to hosea's position in israel as a beacon of hope to those who would repent and turn to god because of his message1 following the command of god , hosea.
Essay hosea theme: there is nothing we can do which will separate us from god's compassion and love i certify that i am the author of this work and that any assistance i received in its preparation is fully acknowledged part i the book hosea was written between 790 and 710 bc by the prophet hosea the story is. The book of hosea is the written record of the prophecies that ho- sea son of beeri1, gave to the 1 assuming that yrix eb - nb, means that beeri, otherwise unknown, was hosea's father rather than an ancestor 2 throughout this essay, verse numbers refer to the english versification except in footnotes where hebrew text. Book of hosea related topics hosea sermons, essays and opinions contents contents the book may be divided into two parts, the first part (chapters 1-3) describes the marriage of hosea to a prostitute, symbolically representing the idolatry of israel the second part (chapters 4-14),.
Essay / theology hosea calls it quits by fred sanders on april 17, 2007 hosea by raphael 1510 the book of hosea is a fearsome thing this prophet's message is similar to any number of other prophets, but he means business in a way that makes his word to israel uniquely unforgettable he doesn't just dust off. Throughout the twentieth century, critical scholarship on the book of hosea has focused overwhelmingly on the marriage metaphor in hosea 1—3 scholars often saw inspired speech: prophecy in the ancient near east: essays in honor of herbert h huffmon (jsotsup, 378 london: t&t clark ): 203-15 google scholar.