It may surprise you to know that hosea was alive during the book of 2 kings, as was isaiah. For that reason i cannot recommend the book for leading a bible study. The book of hosea was written in the northern kingdom of israel in the eighth century bc, during the reign of jeroboam ii 786746 bc. Book of hosea, the first of 12 old testament books that bear the names of the minor prophets, considered as one book, the twelve, in the jewish canon. Many people of israel turned away from god to worship pagan idols. Hosea with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. Introduction hosea the prophet hosea was a prophet who lived and prophesied just before the destruction of israel in 722 bc. The book reveals the personality of the prophet, an emotional man who in a moment could swing from violent anger to the deepest tenderness. You will also find options for commentaries on hosea that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the bible, commentaries that approach the scripture versebyverse, classic christian commentaries, and much more. Hosea, volume 24 in the anchor bible series of new, book by book translations of the old and new testaments and apocrypha is a collaboration by worldrenowned scholars francis i. Hosea accuses israel of breaking their covenant with god, and warns them of the tragic consequences to follow. Hoseas prophecies elaborate on this metaphor, calling israel to account for idolatry and foretelling judgment but also promising gods faithfulness despite israels mistakes. This bible study through the book of ruth is a 5week, indepth, versebyverse study of the book of ruth. I am currently writing a commentary on hosea, my 34th book.
Since the text and audio content provided by blb represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not. An introduction to the book of hosea a summary of the chapter and a reflection question for each day the verse of the day each day blank space for soaking each chapter of the book of hosea. Hosea 1 the word of the lord that came to hosea bible. Hosea commentary matthew henry commentary on the whole.
The single best commentary on the first five minor prophets is the commentary by douglas stuart in the word biblical commentary series. The first of the twelve minor prophets in the order of the canon called minor, not as less in point of inspired authority, but simply in point of size. Author and date the book of hosea is the sole source of information about the author. Under a figure, is represented the shameful idolatry of the ten tribes. Hosea revealed little about his background, though his book of prophecy offers a few glimpses into his life. According to the superscription, hosea began his prophetic activity during the reign of jeroboam ii c. Hosea prophesied during a very dark time of israel\s history. Read hosea commentary using matthew henry commentary on the whole bible complete. Hosea 1 niv the word of the lord that came to hosea bible.
Stuart deals with the details of the text as well as the big picture. Throughout the book you will see that he refers to israel and ephraim. Best commentaries and books on hosea logos bible software. The word of the lord that came unto hosea the name of the prophet is the same with the original name of joshua, and signifies a saviour. The book of hosea is a deeply personal and passionate love story, yet its a difficult story. The prophets name means salvation, likely a reference to hoseas position in israel as a beacon of hope to those who would repent and turn to god because of his message. The northern kingdom of israel enjoyed moderate success from conquering neighboring kingdoms, but they were spiritually bankrupt on the inside. Best hosea commentaries updated for 2020 best bible. These twelve prophets are comprised in one single book in the hebrew bible and are called the twelve. Hosea, an oldtestament prophet, preached his own life message using his marriage as the sermon illustration. Powerful love overcomes rebellion in the book of hosea. Hosea continues to preach the message god gave him even while his hurt ached for his spouse. We also know that he had a wife named gomer, and two sons and a daughter hosea 1.
And a weighty adage may sometimes do more service than a laboured discourse. Book of hosea, also spelled osee, the first of 12 old testament books that bear the names of the minor prophets, considered as one book, the twelve, in the jewish canon. Often, we do not recognize the derivation of these bible names, but this prophets name would be joseph in english. The book of hosea stands first in the division of the bible called the book of the twelve in the apocrypha cf. Best resources on hosea the prophet hosea intentionally marries an unfaithful woman to symbolically portray gods relationship with unfaithful israel. Although little is known about the prophet himself outside of what can be learned from the book that bears his name, his basic message of judgment and hope is clear. The prophets name means salvation, likely a reference to hosea s position in israel as a beacon of hope to those who would repent and turn to god because of his message. Access the niv cultural backgrounds study bible notes when you upgrade to bible gateway plus. This commentary is one of the best for leading bible study.
The first part of the book of hosea is an account of hosea \s marriage with gomer biographically which is a metaphor for the relationship with yahweh and israel. Little is known about him, and even less about his father, beeri. The book is a mixture of prose and poetry mostly poetry. Miscellaneous resources commentaries, sermons, devotionals on hosea. The calendar on the wall indicated that it was about 760 years before jesus was born.
I write bible commentaries and am the author of 33 books. Hoseas wife and children when the lord began to speak through hosea, the lord said to him, go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of. The new world translation of the holy scriptures is published by jehovahs witnesses. God spoke through both hosea and isaiah to send messages to the children of israel, warning them of gods impending judgement. The style is very concise and sententious, above any of the prophets. The book of hosea its a deeply personal and passionate love story, yet its a difficult story. God told hosea to marry a wife who was not loyal hosea 1. Be a berean not always literal especially in prophetic passages. Hosea 1 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the church of christ, presents a verse level look at the bible. Hosea s life and marriage were used in an analogous way to demonstrate the waywardness of israel and the steadfast, intimately personal love of yhwh. This document has been generated from xsl extensible stylesheet language source with renderx xep formatter, version 3. The nelsons illustrated bible dictionary gives the following outline of the book. As an account full of harsh judgment unfolds, we find in its midst a rare and pure gem. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on the book of hosea.
No more reading books together while the baby plays in the. Click the commentary tab or pulldown menu for a full selection of commentaries over any bible passage you are researching. The marital life of hosea and his wife, gomer, provide the rich metaphor which clarifies the themes of the book. The blue letter bible ministry and the blb institute hold to the historical, conservative christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of scripture. We also know that he had a wife named gomer hosea 1. Book of hosea matthew henrys bible commentary concise. Study the bible online using commentary on hosea and more. Would be an excellent commentary if the author did not skip 3 chapters. Hosea is wellknown for being the prophet who introduced the concept of repentance. Love her as the lord loves the israelites, though they turn to other gods and offer cakes of raisin. Set around the fall of the northern kingdom of israel, the book of hosea denounces the worship of gods other than yahweh.
Top 5 commentaries on the book of hosea ligonier ministries. The commentary on hosea within this volume is 220 pages of the total. According to the traditional order of most hebrew bibles, it is the first of the twelve minor prophets. Hosea s prophetic ministry to the northern kingdom of israel likely began soon after the ministry of the prophet amos ca.
Hosea was a young preacher in the nation of israel, the northern kingdom, and he was a. Hosea 1 commentary james burton coffman commentaries on. Gods chastisement of the prodigal people, hosea 11. Minor refers to the brevity of the prophecies, as compared to the length of the works of isaiah, jeremiah, and ezekiel. Hosea s prophecies elaborate on this metaphor, calling israel to account for idolatry and foretelling judgment but also promising gods faithfulness despite israels mistakes. Hosea 1 commentary james burton coffman commentaries on the.
The author writes well and i was disappointed to see that whole chapters are skipped. Tribute money from subject nations was pouring into the treasury at the capital city of samaria, and the people. Study guide for hosea 1 by david guzik blue letter bible. Hosea wrote to the northern kingdom israel, and isaiah wrote to the southern kingdom judah. The book of hosea is a loose collection of the prophets oracles. We have just added many new sources, including the expositors bible commentary, bengels gnomon, langes commentary, hastings great texts and many more. Click the following links to search by topic, author, or bible reference. In the book of hosea, god sends hosea to israel during king jeroboam iis reign to admonish.
Book of hosea overview insight for living ministries. Throughout the book, hosea will show us that salvation is found in turning to the lord and away from our sin. Jeroboam ii was on the throne of the northern kingdom of israel, and his military exploits had extended israels borders farther than they had been since the days of solomons glorious kingdom. Ephraim was the largest tribe in israel and sometimes the whole nation was referred to as ephraim. The incredible scandal of gods perfect love found in hosea.1267 1416 1216 56 539 1467 474 33 1369 112 888 59 1055 720 784 617 796 339 275 1041 1168 1291 219 165 871 317 159 826 507 696 692 1167 802 179