Prophetic Theology and Preaching: The Book of Hosea Introduction The book of Hosea represents the first of the minor prophets (McConville, 2002, p. 135) in the Hebrew Bible. The time period in which Hosea was written, the attitude of the Israel people, and the overall tone of Hosea based on the idea of God’s devotion to a country that has gone through sin and betrayal, represent the key components of the prophecy and preaching that takes place in the book of Hosea. This paper will examine Hosea 13 and 14 in greater detail, focusing on the prophetic aspects of the scripture and the reconciliation of the people with God. Overview of Hosea The book of Hosea was written in a time where the Northern Kingdom of Israel was experiencing severe...The end:
.....clusion The book of Hosea represents a key component of the Old Testament where God’s love is conveyed through scripture based on a sinful Israel in decline and God’s ability to bolster the attitude of the Israeli people through his “faithfulness and steadfast love” (McConville, 2002, p. 144) and the philosophy of “One God” (McConville, 2002, p. 144) and the forgiveness and love of God that pervades the scripture of Hosea. In this way, Hosea is an example of the prophecy of God’s love, that it is bigger than His judgment or His anger. References Life Application Study Bible (NIV). (1997). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers. McConville, J. (2002). Exploring the Old Testament: A guide to the prophets. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.