May 18, 2019 Lecture by Andrew Macintosh
May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Shock and Awe: The Old Testament Prophet Hosea in Recent Research
Andrew Macintosh was commissioned to write a commentary on Hosea by the prestigious International Critical Commentary series, and his work was published in 1997. Hosea-through-Malachi counts as one book in the Hebrew Bible, called “the 12.” Hosea is a Northerner and his language is dialectal (e.g., “all y’all” in Texas, and “yous guys” in New Jersey). Hosea 1-3 constitutes a preface which sets the scene for the whole book.
Some of the topics which this lecture will address include these:
- From sympathetic magic to history, the function of prophets and prophecy
- The prophet and his God; the prophet and the Canaanite god of fertility, Baal
- Good and bad syncretism
- Hosea’s wife and three children
- Archaeological evidence from the Sinai desert for Hosea’s time
- “Sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind”
- Painful forgiveness
- The savage and complete end of Hosea’s Israel
- The Song of Songs, human love and divine love; the (Christian) sacrament of marriage
- Wisdom as a female companion of God; Wisdom opposed to promiscuity
Andrew Macintosh is Professor of Hebrew and Emeritus Dean at St. John’s College, Cambridge University in England.
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