May 18, 2019 Lecture by Andrew Macintosh, Lanier Theological Library, Saturday, 18. May 2019

"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.

Saturday, 18. May 2019, Lanier Theological Library, May 18, 2019 Lecture by Andrew Macintosh

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