Essay on Summary of The Book of Hosea

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In this book, there is an ongoing story of adultery, fornication, and betrayal between God and Israel portrayed through the relationship between the prophet Hosea, and his wife Gomer. There are a few different views on the actual relationship between Hosea and Gomer, the first of which is that Gomer was already a harlot when Hosea took her as his wife. This one I would think is the most widely accepted, simply because it's the literal description of the book, and people tend to lean towards literal definitions more frequently than not, just look at how people of the world have torn apart the book of Revelation! The second view is that Gomer was a harlot, but was only adulterous after getting married. Those who believe this say that she …show more content…
In this book, there is an ongoing story of adultery, fornication, and betrayal between God and Israel portrayed through the relationship between the prophet Hosea, and his wife Gomer. There are a few different views on the actual relationship between Hosea and Gomer, the first of which is that Gomer was already a harlot when Hosea took her as his wife. This one I would think is the most widely accepted, simply because it's the literal description of the book, and people tend to lean towards literal definitions more frequently than not, just look at how people of the world have torn apart the book of Revelation! The second view is that Gomer was a harlot, but was only adulterous after getting married. Those who believe this say that she was pure at the beginning, but later on committed adultery and became a harlot. To me, and this is just my opinion I know, but this idea is refuted simply with 1:2, when God tells Hosea to "Go, take a wife of harlotry.." not to go take a wife inclined toward harlotry and adultery. Many say that it couldn't be accurate that Hosea took a wife already a prostitute by arguing that it would be more accurate for Hosea to take a wife, and her to become unfaithful later on. I only ask this, when was Israel ever faithful? Their past is filled with idolatry, immorality, rebellion, and sexual promiscuity. A third viewpoint is that no marriage between Hosea and Gomer ever took place. They believe that the entire marriage is figurative, and that Hosea