God's Enduring Love in the Book of Hosea
A Synchronic & Diachronic Analysis of Hosea 11, 1-11
Forschungen zum Alten Testament 2. Riehe
, no. 14

By Joy Philip Kakkanattu
November 2006
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 3161488865
222 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/8"
$97.50 Paper Original

Joy Philip Kakkanattu provides an exegetical and theological analysis of an important and difficult text of the Old Testament through a synchronic and diachronic reading. Detailed critical notes, which discuss the textual difficulties, accompany the translation of the text from Hebrew. In the detailed exegesis, special attention is given to study of the key terms theologically significant in Hos 11:1-11 against the context of the whole book. The exegesis shows that in Hos 11:8-9 it is not the repentance of Yahweh that causes the withholding of his anger against Israel, but Yahweh's constancy in his election of Israel as his son. More than a change of heart, the decision not to execute the deserved judgement witnesses Yahweh's divine nature. Special attention is dedicated to the parent metaphor employed in Hos 11:1-11. It is concluded that more than expressing the Yahweh-Israel relationship as a father-son relationship, the text speaks of it in terms of parent-child relationship. In the diachronic analysis, the author deals with the origin and formation of Hos 11:1-11.

Chapter 1. Translation of Hosea 11, 1-11
Chapter 2. Exegetical Analysis of Hosea 11, 1-11
Chapter 3. Major Theological Themes of Hos 11 in Relation to the Book of Hosea
Chapter 4. History of Redaction of Hosea 11 in the Context of the Book of Hosea
Chapter 5. The Book of Hosea in Relation to the Book of the Twelve Prophets
Summary and Concluding Reflection

Old Testament
Criticism & Interpretation

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