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Love and Covenant in the Old Testament: With Special Reference to the Book of Hosea

Rev. Dr. N. Subramani (Author)

The imagery and metaphors used in Hosea are best interpreted through the use of socio-rhetorical methodology. With the aid of this methodology, the reading of the metaphors in Hosea has emerged recently; they are used to illustrate social, political, economic and religious relationships. Hosea uses different images, to highlight God’s love for the people of Israel. The images chosen are of human relationships, ones that Israelites can easily understand — marital (husband-wife), parental (parent-child), and healing (physician-patient). These images remind Israel that she has broken the Sinaitic covenant, gravely impairing the relationship. The broken covenant hurts Yahweh and yet he is willing to repair it on account of his “steadfast love.” The images are found in Hosea 2-3, Hosea 11 and Hosea 14, the select texts of our study.

The metaphors, with Yahweh as husband, parent and physician, are ones that the Israelites would recognise in human terms. This Yahweh is not the stern Yahweh we are used to seeing in the Old Testament. This is a different, loving Yahweh, who is willing to forgive and forget Israel’s offence and welcome her back into His arms. This image of Yahweh gives a new meaning to the relationship established through the Sinaitic covenant between Yahweh and His people.



List of Tables

Chapter 1: A Critical Introduction to the Book of Hosea: Hosea the Prophet - His Time and Life

Chapter 2: Socio-Rhetorical Reading of the Book of Hosea: Methodology

Chapter 3: A Metaphor of Marital Love: Hosea 2:14–3:5

Chapter 4: A Metaphor of Parental Love: Hosea 11:1–11

Chapter 5: God’s Love and Restoration: Hosea 14:2–9

Chapter 6: The Love and Covenant in the Book of Hosea

Chapter 7: Covenant and Its Importance in the Book of Hosea

Chapter 8: Implications and Their Relevance of Love in the Contemporary Indian Context


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Bibliographic information

Title Love and Covenant in the Old Testament: With Special Reference to the Book of Hosea
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.04.2023
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789395457354
length xxxii+290p., 25cm.