Who wrote the books of the Bible and when?

      Book of Hosea, about the life and prophecies of Hosea son of Beeri, was written around the eighth century (750-715) B.C. by Hosea the prophet. Hosea, a close contemporary of Amos, Isaiah, and Micah, lived in Israel prior to the Assyrian destruction in 722 B.C., during the reign of King Jeroboam. He married a prostitute as a symbol of Israel's unfaithfullness and, just as God still loved Israel, so Hosea continues to love his adulterous wife. The Book of Hosea includes:

  • Hosea's marriage to an aduterous wife and their unfaithful children as symbols of unfaithful Israel and its rebellious cities
  • Prophecy of the unification of Israel and Judah
  • Hosea ordered to love his unfaithful wife as God loved Israel
  • Judgment and punishment on an unrepentive Israel
  • God's love for, and anger against, Israel
  • Israel's repentance

        "Rebuke your mother, rebuke her, for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband. Let her remove the adulterous look from her face and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts. Otherwise I will strip her naked and make her as bare as on the day she was born. I will make her like a desert, turn her into a parched land, and slay her with thirst. I will not show my love to her children, because they are the children of adultery." (Hosea 2:1-4)

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