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Ehud Ben Zvi's Hosea, like his commentary of Micah, deals with the prophetic book as a written document that presents itself as YHWH's word. It focuses on the book of Hosea itself rather than on reconstructing the historical prophet. The starting point of this study is that such a written document was meant to be read and reread by an ancient audience, so the commentary addresses the questions of how the book was likely read by its intended or primary readers, why they read it, and to whom it was read. Featuring a comprehensive introduction and careful commentary on every major section of the text--with an analysis of structure, genre, setting, and intention--this new volume will be a valuable aid to scholars, students, and preachers.
Hosea by Ehud Ben Zvi is Volume XXIA/1of The Forms of the Old Testament Literature, a series that aims to present a form-critical analysis of every book and each unit in the Hebrew Bible. Fundamentally exegetical, the FOTL volumes examine the structure, genre, setting, and intention of the biblical literature in question. They also study the history behind the form-critical discussion of the material, attempt to bring consistency to the terminology for the genres and formulas of the biblical literature, and expose the exegetical process so as to enable students and pastors to engage in their own analysis and interpretation of the Old Testament texts. His second work for the FOTL series, Ehud Ben Zvi's Hosea features a comprehensive introduction and careful commentary with special attention to themes of exile and restoration, as well as extended discussion of didactic prophetic readings. An excellent form-critical interpretation of the book of Hosea, this volume will be a valuable aid to scholars, students, and teachers.