The Book Of Hosea

Essay by Steve WinkleblechCollege, UndergraduateA+, April 1996

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THEME: There is nothing we can do which will separate us from God's compassion and love

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The book Hosea was written between 790 and 710 BC by the prophet Hosea. The story is about

the relationship between Hosea and his wife, Gomer, and how their lives parallel that of the

northern kingdom of Israel. There are several themes in the book of Hosea and I will discuss

what I think to be the main one, "there is absolutely nothing we can do which will separate us

from God's love and compassion". While the northern kingdom prospers monetarily its morals

and spiritual condition is sacrificed. The peoples of the northern kingdom have fallen from God's

grace due to their worship of God's other than the one true God.

The following text describes

my opinions, others opinions, and my observations of the book Hosea.

The book begins with God telling Hosea to marry an adulterous wife . He does this to


the relationship of the Israelites adultery to God by worshipping idols and other God's. Hosea

marries Gomer and they have a son. God informs Hosea to name the child Jezreel because he


going to punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel. Later they have a daughter and

God tells Hosea to name her Lo-Ruhama which means, not loved, in Hebrew. Once again


and Gomer have a son that God tells Hosea to name Lo-Ammi which means, not my people, in

Hebrew. Chapter one ends with God describing how the two nations, Israel and Judah, be

reunited under one appointed leader and one God.

Chapter two describes God's feelings towards...