Friday, November 23, 2012

Reader's Diary #902- The New King James Version Bible: The Book of Hosea


Last week when I wrote about the Book of Daniel, I commented that as it was becoming rarer, the further I delved into the Bible, it was nice to still come across familiar stories. The Book of Daniel had the stories of the lion's den and the writing on the wall. The Book of Hosea didn't have any stories of which  I was previously familiar.

It did however explore a lengthy metaphor about God's relationship with the Israelites using marriage to an unfaithful woman as a comparison. Modern feminists might take issue with the comparison and some of the extended points, but from a purely literary point of view, it was an interesting metaphor, made all the more curious with God intentionally creating it, telling Hosea specifically to marry such a woman. God takes it further by naming Hosea's children with prophetic names. God being shown to acknowledge and use the power of literary techniques? God as a writer? A writer as a god? The mind boggles with all these metaphors.

It's a short book, perhaps light on plot, but the figurative language keeps it compelling.


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