Stephanie Warner Critical Reading # 5 Look at the Hosea 1-3 very closely. Answer the following questions. 1) Social Historical Context: What is the historical situation in which he is preaching? Where is he from? Which kingdom? What time period is it? Why is this context important to understanding his message? Hosea’s career started around 750 BCE. He was the son of Beeri in the days of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah, and in the days of King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel. This was a time of darkness for Israel. It helps to know this so we can better understand the message that Hosea is putting across, because now we know that Israel isn’t doing too good and isn’t right with God. 2) Marriage and family Metaphors: Hosea uses metaphorical language and parables about a husband and wife to describe the relationship between Yahweh and Israel. Why does Hosea he use this metaphor? Describe this relationship in terms of Israel and the covenant. Hosea uses the metaphors of marriage to show and explain God’s love for Israel. How even
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