Sherwood unravels the first three chapters of Hosea by examining the particular complexities of the text and confronts the frictions that arise between the text and reader. She considers four problematic areas: the conflict between text and reader over the ‘improper’ relationship between Hosea and Gomer; the bizarre prophetic sign-language that conscripts people into a cosmic charade; the text’s propensity to subvert its central theses; and the emergent tensions between the feminist reader and the text. Aiming to bring together literary criticism and biblical scholarship, Sherwood provides lucid introductions to ideological criticism, semiotics, deconstruction, and feminist criticism, while also focusing on the implications of these approaches not only for the book of Hosea but for biblical studies in general.
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