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The Pericope Of Hosea 11: Passage Analysis

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As a lifelong Christian that has been around the Bible for my entire life, I still do not have the best of habits when it comes to breaking down, deciphering, and fully understanding selected portions of biblical text. So often I fall into the trap of simply sitting down and “diving head first” into scripture, which is not always the best way to approach certain verses. The Bible was written in verse and story, in a way that allows each verse to have a larger context or “pericope”, providing further meaning to what the verse might mean. This “pericope” can include but is not limited to the verses that immediately follow a selected passage, as they can also include verses that precede your message. For example, the passage I was given was the…show more content…
Beginning all the way in chapter nine, there is a recurring theme of the “proclamation of judgment” of Israel, which continues all the way through chapter thirteen, and within these texts is where we find the pericope of this verse (Freedman 295). The pericope of Hosea 11:1 starts in Hosea 10:11 and ends in Hosea 11:7. This pericope begins by discussing how Ephraim, Jacob and Judah will tend to the ground, followed by figurative instructions for just living in the nation of Israel. Things such as the “sowing of righteousness”, and the “reapt fruit of unfailing love” prove as to what God intended for Israel, but as the verses go on in this pericope, it proves as to how Israel has disappointed the Lord. It is noted in verse thirteen how Israel has in fact “planted wickedness”, “reaped evil”, and “eaten the fruit of deception”. It is evident in these writings that the Lord is illustrating his displeasure with his chosen nation, ultimately moving to my selected verse, Hosea 11:1. As previously stated, Hosea 11 1: says, “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” It is here that it is fully evident that in this verse, the son that is referenced is in fact the nation of Israel. We know this, along with full understanding of the reference to Israel as a child, and the allusion to a past story of the book of Exodus because of the text leading up to this verse, and the verses following. The verses following go on to note how Israel continually moved away from God culminating in the statement “Even if they (referring to Israel in my interpretation) call to the Most High, he will by no means exalt them.” This statement ends the pericope of Hosea 11:1 in a powerful fashion. Through this short series of twelve verses we are able to see what God
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