Hosea

Author: Hosea

Period: c.750-715 B.C.

Title: The English, Hebrew, Greek and Latin versions all name this book after Hosea, the prophet whose ministry is recorded in the book. The name Hosea (Hebrew Hoshea) means "Salvation."

Summary: The book of Hosea describes the patient longsuffering of God towards the rebellious and unfaithful northern Kingdom of Israel. However, it is made clear to the Israelites that punishment will engulf anyone who remains wilfully rebellious. A key theme is Hosea's marriage to the unfaithful Gomer, who is a symbolic representation of Israel.

Breakdown:

The prophet's married life: Chapter 1:1 - 3:5

Israel's unfaithfulness and consequent judgment: Chapter 4:1 - 13:16

Israel's conversion and renewal: Chapter 14:1-9

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