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Exile In Hosea 9:3–6: Where And For What Purpose?

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This chapter focuses on how Hoseas announcements may have been understood by an Israelite audience living in the eighth century BC. It describes the literal or symbolical interpretation of Israels imminent return to Egypt. The chapter analyses the description of the characteristics of exilic life in Hosea 9:3bβ–5. Some attention will also be paid to Hos. 9:6. Hoseas announcement of Israels imminent return to Egypt has been interpreted in widely divergent ways, ranging from purely figurative or symbolical to strictly literal. Salvation history shall not be revoked for ever and even life in exile will serve its continuation, but, admittedly, this is proclaimed in Hosea 2 and 3 rather than in Hos. 9:16.

Keywords: exilic life; Hosea 9:3bβ–5; Israelite



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