It is, perhaps, the most unique marriage in history; one that was based upon, and thoroughly saturated with God's covenant; the purpose of God's revelation. Hosea heard God's call to marry, what Israel herself was, a prostitute. As we enter this book, which unlike other prophets who are often powerful untouchable voices, or mysterious and enigmatic figures speaking from the shadows, Hosea is simple and straightforward, and most of all about faithful love. Old testament scholar, David Allan Hubbard, takes us through this prophetic ministry of love in his commentary on Hosea and illuminates a tragic story of unfaithfulness, heartbreak, and judgment. Outstanding for church studies, or any level of Bible student, this commentary will engage, challenge, and force you to reconsider just what it means to be covenentally faithful.
A wanton and adulterous woman repeatedly spurns the love of her youth. Her betrayed and grieving husband offers forgiveness and seeks to restore the intimacy of their first love. Bold imagery indeed for telling the story of God and his people. Bolder still when God calls a prophet to enflesh this divine suffering and redeeming forgiveness in his own marriage. Yet this remarkable story sets the stage for Hosea's message of God's enduring love, his righteous judgement and his persistent offer of reconciliation. This commentary explores the historical, cultural, literary and theological dimensions of the book of Hosea. Distilled from a career of biblical scholarship, theological reflection and masterful teaching, David Hubbard has been studying, teaching and thinking about Hosea for a long time. He frankly admits he can't imagine himself "as a human being, let alone as a believing person, without the deposit of Hosea's political, moral and spiritual insights." Find out why. The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series.
Hubbard (B.A., B.D., Th.M., Ph.D., D.D., L.H.D., Lit.D.) served as professor of Old Testament and president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He died in 1996.
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