The Book of Hosea is one among the several books of the Hebrew scripture and appears as the first

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The Book of Hosea is one among the several books of the Hebrew scripture and appears as the first in the order of the twelve Minor Prophets. The term ‘minor’ refers to the length and not the importance of the books when compared to the books of Ezekiel, Isaiah and Jeremiah. All the twelve minor books are Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Haggai & Malachi (Feinberg, 1990). Hosea was instructed by God to marry a prostitute, by the name of Gomer, who symbolized covenantal relationship between Israel and him (God). Hosea’s prophesies were unique in the sense that they were relayed through the names given to his children. This paper seeks to give an illustrative description on the first chapter of…show more content…
In the book of Exodus chapter 6 verses 6-8, God had promised that he would rescue Israel from the Egyptians and give them the Promised Land (Canaan), show mercy by saving them ‘with an outstretched arm’, and create a relationship with Israel and referring to them as ‘My people’ Hosea the man. Little information is given about the prophet. According to Mays (1969) the name Hosea appears only in the title of the book and the heading for the narrative in chapter one and is not mentioned anywhere again in the book (Mays, p. 1), while according to Hallman Dictionary (1991), the name Hosea only appears at Hosea chapter 1 verses 1-2 and at Romans chapter 9 verse 25 in the Bible. There is no information about where he was born, what he did before becoming a prophet, or when and how he was called to be a prophet. He certainly became a prophet at the marriageable age because that is when the message of God came to him (Mays, p. 2). From the first verse, we are able to know his father’s name; Beeri and no other information about him. The name Hosea means salvation. Hosea is identified as a prophet in Hosea 1 verse1 and a genuine one for that matter, the word of the Lord came to him and the source of his authority was God. Hallman Dictionary (1991) shows that depending on the information shown in the book of Hosea,

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