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Hosea–Jonah (Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 31 | WBC)

, 1987
ISBN: 9781418503796
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Study the books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, and Jonah, with pioneering Old Testament scholar Douglas Stuart. Heart breaking, strange, and hopeful stories these books are among the Bible’s most misunderstood and Stuart illuminates their meaning by examining their historical context, and unlocking their mysterious stories and prophecies.

The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.

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“Hosea’s task was simply to warn that Yahweh intended to enforce the terms of his covenant.” (Page 7)

“Jonah deserved death, not deliverance. And yet Yahweh graciously delivered him by special intervention so that Jonah could not but recognize the greatness of Yahweh’s compassion, praise him for it, and recognize his reliance on Yahweh alone (cf. 2 Cor 1:9, 10).” (Page 479)

“Jonah does represent an anomaly. He actually disobeyed God’s word, so deep was his hatred for a nation whom God loved, and his resentment that God would do something good for a people who had done so much that was bad.” (Page 453)

“Rather, these Assyrians are ‘innocent’ and undiscerning in another sense: they are trapped by their troubles, not knowing how to escape them.” (Page 507)

“Whatever the etymology, however, it is most likely that the term in Jonah does not designate a place name, but rather the sea itself.” (Page 451)

  • Title: Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 31: Hosea–Jonah
  • Author: Douglas Stuart
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Volume: 31
  • Publisher: Word
  • Print Publication Date: 1987
  • Logos Release Date: 2002
  • Pages: 588
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. Amos › Commentaries; Bible. O.T. Hosea › Commentaries; Bible. O.T. Joel › Commentaries; Bible. O.T. Jonah › Commentaries; Bible. O.T. Obadiah › Commentaries; Bible › Commentaries--Collected works
  • ISBNs: 9781418503796, 1418503797
  • Resource ID: LLS:29.33.1
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-28T20:02:24Z
Dr. Stuart is Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has written or contributed to multiple books, including Word Biblical Commentary and the New American Commentary. He is also the senior pastor of Linebrook Church in Ipswich, Massachusetts.


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  2. Erich Javier Astudillo Acevedo
    I would normally not comment in one of the top of the list of Bestcommentaries. There are better opinions than mine available but having gone until Hos 9:9 with it I think it is important some notes for somebody that wants to take a deep devotional reading. And its in doubt how to expend scarce resources: The Commentary is excellent, it gives rich connection with Leviticus and Deuteronomy, taking the point of view of Covenant keeping/violation. There are some connexions with Isaiah, but its strength is in the law. If you intent to cover the 12 as a unit there are very few and wide spaced links to the rest, it basically is not suitable for this. There are red flags in theology, for this use extreme caution when relying in interpretation. I do not write this lightly. 2 examples so far: Commentary on Hos 8:1-14 “What in fact has Israel done? Five sorts of sins are specifically cited: (1) the refusal to acknowledge Yahweh’s right of divine ordination of the king (v 4); (2) idolatry (vv 4b–6); (3) dependence on international allies rather than on Yahweh (vv 9–10); (4) a corrupt cult (vv 5, 6, 11, 13); and (5) arrogant disregard for the law of their God (vv 1, 2–3a, 5b, 12, 14). Because both sovereign and vassal were bound to the terms of the covenant, Yahweh must punish Israel for their manifold disobedience.” (p. 138). I do not have problems with an argument for justice, but the suggestion that YHWH MUST do something under compulsion of the creature should not be taken. Having read the rest of the commentary that’s the meaning, all the time the discussion is of the obligations of both parties under the covenant, its not that Justice or Truthfulness of God is discussed and under this understanding the unfortunate phrase takes place. Commentary on Hos 9:1-9. “It should not be surprising that Hosea’s message fell mostly upon deaf ears. Such a response is predictable when hard words from God are proclaimed where they have not been invited. For the Christian, to whom Christ promises special help in the face of hostility, the preaching of the divine message may result in far worse distress than being mocked (cf. Luke 21:12–17). Few Israelites stood with Hosea against the prevailing injustices and degradations. He at least stood firm even when his very sanity was questioned. Only by likewise standing firm with Christ may Christians expect to be delivered by God from the punishments prescribed by the new covenant’s curses (Luke 21:18–19).” (p. 148). With this second one I definitively have Issues. Is this a suggestion that the salvation can be lost if you don’t endure tribulation? I hope the verse is an unfortunate selection by the author, but still is a bad link, if you were to say Luke 6:46–49 or 1 Corinthians 10:5-14 would be an issue of disbelief or apostasy, no problem with this, but as it stands its really bad theology the implication. So my recommendation, read it by all means, but NOT ALONE and DON’T TAKE anything that is labelled “covenant” form it. My suggestion? Pick alongside https://www.logos.com/product/3393/grace-abounding-a-commentary-on-the-book-of-hosea and read it ahead section by section. Solid theology, exalted view of God along the lines of Jer 9:24. A sample of what to expect from this: You become what you love, or what you worship, says the prophet. You are a reflection of your “sacred.” That to which you give priority and which you make your absolute, that which establishes your norms and values, that which tells you what is good and true and beautiful is what determines your identity and tells you who you are. But what if the thing you worship is a “nothing,” a creation of your own imagination or lusts, like the Baals for instance? […] As usual the punishment is made to fit the crime—and more. Ephraim (or “Ephraim’s glory”) is likened to a flock of birds which flies away. The “glory” is obviously in contrast with the “shame” in 9:10. I prefer therefore to take “glory” as indicating Yahweh himself. Yahweh leaves, and what is the result? Granted the current beliefs about the power of the Baals, the one area Ephraim would expect not to be affected was that of birth, pregnancy, and conception. These were the Baals’ responsibility, not Yahweh’s, so his absence surely would make no difference to them. The reality is the reverse. Fertility is Yahweh’s domain (like everything else); when Yahweh leaves, fertility ceases. This is the unwelcome, totally unexpected harvest of punishment. […] With God’s departure would come the end of their history, the end of fertility, and the end of life itself because he is the living God, the giver of life. (pp. 121–122).
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