The Old Testament

A Historical, Theological, and Critical Introduction


24. Hosea

Study Questions

  1. What is difficult about the text of Hosea?
  2. With what does the fourth chapter of Hosea begin that continues to the end of the book?
  3. What did Rabbi Johanan ben Zakkai argue regarding Hosea 6:6?
  4. How did Calvin understand God’s change of heart in Hosea 11:8–9?
  5. What editing practices have been identified in Hosea and won wide agreement?
  6. What are key literary devices that receive much attention in Hosea?
  7. The critique of sympathetic magic in Baal worship raises what sort of questions?
  8. Characterize the long reigns of Jeroboam II and Uzziah.
  9. What is it in Hosea 6:6 that Jesus twice refers to?
  10. What are God’s major indictments, as summarizes in Hosea 4:1?