Introduction to Hosea's prophesy

The Book of Hosea contains prophetic messages spoken by Hosea between c.750 and c.725BC - shortly after Amos's prophesy and before the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel in 722 BC. Hosea likens the unfaithfulness of God’s people to his own disastrous marriage to an unfaithful wife.

 

Hosea

Title?   The Book of Hosea.

Written by whom?   Hosea, the son of Beeri.

When?   Between c.750 & c.725BC.

Where?   He prophesied in his native Israel, though his prophesies may have been written down later in the southern kingdom of Judah.

To whom?   To the people of the northern kingdom of Israel.

What was the message?   Hosea compared Israel’s half-hearted relationship to God with his own marriage to an unfaithful wife.

 

Shomron National Park, Remains of ancient Samaria (Bukvoed)

Remains of Samaria - the ancient capital of Israel  (Bukvoed)

 

Hosea 1:1-2   Hosea prophesies a short time after Amos, during the reigns of Uzziah (Azariah) (767-737BC), Jotham (747-731BC), Ahaz (731-716) and Hezekiah (727-699) in Judah, and Jeroboam II (782-741) in Israel (see 2 Kings 14:21-15:7, 15:32-16:20, 18:1-20:21).

“When the LORD began speaking through Hosea, the LORD said to him, ‘Go and marry an unfaithful woman and have unfaithful children, because the people in this country have been completely unfaithful to the LORD.’” (Hosea 1:2)

Hosea 1:3   "So Hosea married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Hosea's son."

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