Hosea 12-14

Hosea preached to Israel during an era of sharp decline. Despite the rampant idolatry in the land during the early days of Jeroboam II, Israel enjoyed a measure of God’s kindness, resulting in national prosperity and military prowess (cf. 2 Kgs 14.23-29). But God’s kindness would not be out of … Continue reading

Hosea 6-11

Hosea was a pre-exilic prophet, ministering during the reigns of Jeroboam II in Israel (2 Kgs 14.23-29), and Uzziah (2 Kgs 15.1-7), Jotham (2 Kgs 15.32-38), Ahaz (2 Kings 16) and Hezekiah (2 Kings 18-20) in Judah. Hosea was charged with the difficult task of convincing an unfaithful people that … Continue reading

Hosea 1-5

Hosea preached in Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II (2 Kgs 14.23-29), while Uzziah (2 Kgs 15.1-7), Jotham (2 Kgs 15.32-38), Ahaz (2 Kings 16), and Hezekiah (2 Kings 18-20) ruled in Judah. He thus witnessed the political, social, and economic demise—and deportation—of those in the Northern Kingdom, and … Continue reading