The Book of Hosea (New International Commentary On The Old Testament Series)
In this solid theological commentary on the book of Hosea, J. Andrew Dearman considers the prophetic figure's historical roots in the covenant traditions of ancient Israel, includes his own translation of the biblical text, and masterfully unpacks Hosea's poetic, metaphorical...
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In this solid theological commentary on the book of Hosea, J. Andrew Dearman considers the prophetic figure's historical roots in the covenant traditions of ancient Israel, includes his own translation of the biblical text, and masterfully unpacks Hosea's poetic, metaphorical message of betrayal, judgment, and reconciliation.
Various passions run deep in the poetic prophecies of Hosea. In a literary sense these are embedded in the text. They are also likely part of the historical prophet whose family becomes a metaphorical vehicle to bring readers to understand the great passion of YHWH for Israel, his "family/household." It is thus the witness of the book that such love runs deep in the character of YHWH.
^ from appendix 4: "Love in the Prophecy of Hosea"
"This is a welcome addition to the NICOT series on one of the most important prophets of ancient Israel. The introduction is especially helpful on Hosea's use of metaphors and similes, and readers will not be disappointed by Dearman's thorough and penetrating exegesis."
Bill T. Arnold^ Asbury Theological Seminary
"Hosea's complexities begin with translation and extend to its rich use of imagery. Andrew Dearman brings his considerable skills as a Hebraist and historian as well as his expert literary and theological sensitivities to bear on the interpretation of this important book. Serious engagement with the book of Hosea now starts with Dearman's commentary."
Tremper Longman III Westmont College
^^^"Dearman's commentary provides the most recent deep engagement with the ancient text of Hosea the prophet. Dialoguing with the best of scholarship, the commentary offers both detailed exegesis of the text with accompanying translation from the original Hebrew, as well as general overviews at key literary junctures to orient the reader to the progressive development of the book as a whole. Particularly helpful is Dearman's sensitivity to the social context of ancient Israelite households. He restores the vivid metaphorical colors of the book of Hosea long faded by history. This is a welcome addition to the NICOT series."
Mark J. Boda^ McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University
^^^^^^These twin convictions, shared by all of the contributors to The New International Commentary on the Old Testament, define the goal of this ambitious series of commentaries. For those many modern readers who find the Old Testament to be strange and foreign soil, the NICOT series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today's world and the world of ancient Israel. Each NICOT volume aims to help us hear God's word as clearly as possible.
Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions concerning its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources for their own study. The author's own translation from the original Hebrew forms the basis of the commentary proper. Verse-by-verse comments nicely balance in-depth discussions of technical matters - textual criticism, critical problems, and so on - with exposition of the biblical writer's theology and its implications for the life of faith today.
Here J. Andrew Dearman considers the historical context of the prophetic figure of Hosea, his roots in the prophetic activity and covenant traditions of ancient Israel, and the poetic and metaphorical aspects of the prophecy. This historical and theological commentary is a welcome addition to the NICOT series.
John Andrew (Andy) Dearman (Ph.D., Emory University;Th.D (hon)., Reformed Theological Academy, Debrecen in Hungary ) is director and associate dean for Fuller Texas and professor of Old Testament. Before coming to Fuller, he taught Old Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary for 27 years, serving as its academic dean from 1997 to 2003. A respected archaeological researcher, he has held staff positions on archaeological surveys and excavations in Israel and Jordan.
Dearman has written several books, including Jeremiah and Lamentations (NIV Application Commentary series, 2002); The Land that I Will Show You: Essays on the History and Archaeology of the Near East in Honor of J. Maxwell Miller (editor and contributor, 2001); Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel (1992); Harpers Bible Pronunciation Guide (editor and contributor, 1989) and Hosea (New International Commentary on the Old Testament series)
Additionally, he is a part of two ongoing Bible translation projects, contributing to translation for The Voice (Thomas Nelson) and serving as a translation editor for the Common English Bible (Abingdon).
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