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The Land In The Bookofhosea

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" 'The land' is a central theme in Hosea's thought." Two observations suffice to justify this statement. First, in the book of Hosea "the land" is found in the very first verse after the superscription, that is, in Hos 1:2. There the land is accused of unfaithfulness to Yhwh by committing whoredom. Second, the noun also figures prominently in the first verse of the main corpus of Hosea's prophecies, that is, in 4:1.This chapter discusses the exegetical issues relating to the selected texts that are strictly synchronic, for two reasons. First, as many contemporary scholars assume, synchronic analysis should precede diachronic analysis. Second, there is no consensus with respect to the authenticity and date of several of the texts involved. Hosea 4:3 is often taken as a description of an existing situation and not as an announcement of imminent disaster.

Keywords: exegetical issues; Hosea 4:3; Hosea's thought; the land; Yhwh



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