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Hosea, Book of
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1. Hosea was the only native writing prophet of the northern kingdom. He was active between 755/50 and 725 b.c., a period that saw the last years of peace for Israel (§1) under Jeroboam II, the so-called Syro-Ephraimite war of 733, and the successive dismantling of the northern kingdom by the Assyrian king Shalmaneser V. The defeat of Samaria and deportation of Israel by the Assyrians are not yet reflected in the book. Hosea worked in Samaria but probably also in Bethel and Gilgal. He differs from Amos in that his message contains less social complaint and more criticism of the cult.

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Thiel, Winfried, “Hosea, Book of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H305>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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