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To many Christians the Prophets are seen as being predictors of the Messiah, but it can be argued that one can take any tidbit of information from a source (not just the bible) and use it, whether within context or out of context, to support one’s argument. In my opinion, as far as the prophets are concerned, just because the prophets seem to predict the coming of the Messiah because of the parallels that have been drawn between the books of the prophets and the New Testament does not necessarily mean that they were able to predict the future—it means that the New Testament authors such as Matthew had either heard or could refer back to the writings of the Old Testament prophets such as Isaiah, Micah, and Hosea. The problem is not that the…show more content…
For example, Hosea names two of his children Lo-ruhmah and Lo-ammi. As Borg points out, these are Hebrew phrases that mean “not pitied” and “not my people”. Borg also points out that the names represent a threat because the days are coming when Israel will be “not pitied” and “not my (God’s) people”. Chapter two of Hosea describes a divorce which seems to represent the end of the covenant between God and the Northern Kingdom - a symbolic act where by the divorce of Hosea from Gamer for infidelity represents God’s rejection of the Northern Kingdom. In typical fashion, though, Hosea ends this prophecy with the declaration that God will one day renew the covenant and will take back Israel. Another example of the allegory in Hosea is in chapter three when Hosea seeks out Gomer again. Either she sold herself into slavery because of debt or she is with someone who demands money in order to give her up because Hosea has to buy her back. Even after he takes her name though he refrains from having sex with her for a while to symbolize the fact that Israel will be without a King for many years but that God will take Israel back even at a cost to him. Now back to the theme of social justice and the book of Amos…as Borg points our in his chapter on “Reading the prophets again”, and so it can be found in the bible, Amos speaks out against the wealthy for their exploitation of the poor. As Borg puts it, “he paints vivid and compelling pictures of
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