This new collection presents studies on key themes from the book of Hosea from an academic standpoint, written by experts in Biblical studies. Studies on Hosea (4 vols.) covers many topics such as judgment and redemption, the text as lyrical poetry, the character of God, Israelite and Judean tradition, and the portrayal of women. There is much attention paid to the division of the two kingdoms, and the influence the Southern Kingdom had on Hosea, a Northern prophet. The subject of hope and judgment runs throughout the book of Hosea and the authors analyze how this theme appears in the text. This four-volume set will be of great benefit to students, professors, and those wishing to learn more about the context, background, and influence of this Old Testament book.
Studies on Hosea (4 vols.) includes bibliographies, indexes, notes, cross-references, and detailed table of contents.
Contains premier research of the book of Hosea
Focuses on theological and historical ramifications of the text
In this study, Biblical scholar Emmerson investigates the influence of the Judean kingdom on the writing of the book of Hosea. She focuses on three major areas:
Expressions of Hope
References to the Southern Kingdom
Mentioned practices of the Northern Kingdom
By examining these areas, Emmerson explores the extent of Judean activity and how much redaction occurred in the text. She also considers historical, theological, and national implications, examining the development and reception of Hosea. Emmerson references other Biblical thinkers in this area and brings a solid understanding of the issues and ideas associated with this topic. Included are an in-depth introduction, notes, a bibliography, and indexes.
Grace I. Emmerson was Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.
The books of the Latter Prophets have traditionally been treated as persuasive speeches, and interpreted according to their rhetoric. At the same time, interpreters recognize the poetic form of much prophecy. This study takes up the notion of the “prophet” as “poet”, focusing on word-play in Hosea and on the lyrical plot of that book; the case is made for treating Hosea as a stark, full-length poem of inexhaustible power.
Gerald Morris is Assistant Professor of Religion, Division of Religion and Philosophy, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Prophesying the Past: The Use of Israel’s History in the Book of Hosea
Prophesying the Past focuses on the impact of tradition and history on the construction of the book of Hosea. Biblical scholar Holt examines the background of Israel to investigate how it is used in Hosea. She looks at common views of the book of Hosea, as well as presents new methodologies on tradition and redaction. Holt uses literary and theological techniques to search the text for meaning. The first part of the study is exegesis, followed by a section on prophetic tradition. Included is an introduction to the subject, bibliography, and indexes.
Else Kragelund Holt is Associate professor, Ph.D. University of Aarhus.
Keefe's analysis dismantles the androcentric and theological assumptions which have determined the dominant reading of Hosea's metaphor of Israel as the adulterous wife of God. It shows how the projection of symbolic associations of women with nature, sexual temptation and sin have anachronistically determined this metaphor as referring to Israel's apostasy in a lurid “fertility cult”. Against this reading, Keefe's study considers Hosea 1-2 in the context of the association of sexual transgression and social violence in biblical literature. In this light, Hosea's symbol of Israel as an adulterous woman is read as a commentary upon the structural violence in Israelite society which accompanied the eighth century boom in “agribusiness” and attendant processes of land consolidation.
What distinguishes K.'s treatment of this theme from other feminist readings is her resolute effort to ground Hosea's choice of such imagery in the material realities of the eight century.