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Reading Hosea and Imagining YHWH

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image of Horizons in Biblical Theology

As the readers among whom and for whom the book of Hosea was composed read and reread it they could not but construe images of YHWH. In the process, metaphors from different source conceptual domains were evoked. Each of them involved important aspects of the worldview of these readers, their understanding of themselves and their deity, and very often a sense of resistance to imperial ideological constructions. The centrally enabling metaphor of YHWH as didactic communicator, that is teacher of Israel, played a central role in the social and ideological worldview of the literati who wrote, read, and reread the book of Hosea and other prophetic and authoritative books in ancient Yehud and reflected the social roles of the literati and of the repertoire of prophetic books that evolved in ancient Yehud, among which the book of Hosea, in its present form, evolved and found its place.

Affiliations: 1: Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CANADA, T6G 2H4


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