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15 Pieces of Silver
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A prophet whose predominantly punitive oracles are recorded in the book of Hosea. His name means “Yahweh has rescued,” and he prophesied in the eighth century bc during the reigns of Uzziah and Jeroboam II. At God’s command, Hosea married a harlot for the purpose of analogizing Israel’s unfaithfulness.Following Jeroboam II’s successful military campaigns (2 Kgs 14:25–26), Israel experienced a time of economic prosperity and freedom. However, as the Israelites’ wealth increased, their spiritual condition decreased—ultimately leading them to abandon their covenant with God (Hos 6:7; 8:1).Hosea metaphorically portrayed the theme of covenant-breaking as a marriage, with his unfaithful wife, Gomer, depicting Israel’s unfaithfulness toward God. Israel manifested its unfaithfulness most poignantly in its apostasy (4:1–13). Instead of trusting in God, Israel’s leaders led the nation astray by seeking foreign alliances (Hos 5:13). Because of the nation’s spiritual adultery, Hosea pronounced many oracles of judgment that are recorded in Hos 4–12. These judgments are characteristic of the language conveyed in the Deuteronomical curses (Deut 28:17–18; 32:24–28). The book of Hosea ends with a flicker of hope, however, stating that God, Israel’s faithful husband, will not give up on His bride. He promises to heal her and bring her back in the land (Hos 14:1–9).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hosea the Prophet
Hosea the Prophet (הוֹשֵׁעַ‎, hoshea'). A prophet whose predominantly punitive oracles are recorded in the book of Hosea. His name means “Yahweh has rescued,” and he prophesied in the eighth century bc during the reigns of Uzziah and Jeroboam II. At God’s command, Hosea married a harlot for the purpose
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hosea (Person)
Hosea (Person). Prophet of ancient Israel whose sphere of activity was the northern kingdom. Little is known of him outside of the prophetic book that bears his name. His prophetic ministry is best placed in the third quarter of the 8th century bc. His name means “help” or “helper,” and is based on the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hosea
Hosea hō-zāʹə [Heb. hôšē (a)ʿ; Gk. Hōsēe (Rom. 9:25)]; AV NT OSEE. A prophet of the 8th cent. b.c. whose oracles have been preserved in the book that bears his name. I. The ProphetA. Name and MinistryB. Historical and Religious ContextC. Marriage II. The BookA. Form and ContentB. Message
Hoshea
Hoshea hō-shēʹe [Heb. hôšē (a)ʿ—‘little Joshua’ or ‘may Yahweh save’]; AV OSHEA (Nu. 13:8, 16).1. The early name of Joshua son of Nun, before Moses changed it (Nu. 13:8, 16). According to Dt. 32:44, the original form persisted for some time.2. The son of Azaziah. An officer in David’s army, he
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Hosea (Person)
HOSEA (Person) Prophet of ancient Israel whose sphere of activity was the northern kingdom. Little is known of him outside of the prophetic book that bears his name. His prophetic ministry is best placed in the third quarter of the eighth century bc. His name means “help” or “helper,” and is based on
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hoshea
Hoshea (hoh-shee´uh; Heb., “salvation”).1 The original name of Joshua (Num. 13:8; cf. Deut. 32:44). Moses changed his name from Hoshea to Joshua (Num. 13:16).2 The last king of Israel (ca. 732–724 bce), the son of Elah (2 Kings 15:30), and a contemporary of Ahaz and Hezekiah. Hoshea usurped the throne
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Hosea
HOSEA. An OT prophet of the 8th cen., the only writing prophet who lived in the northern kingdom, expect possibly Jonah. His name means “salvation” and is identical with the original form of Joshua’s name (Num 13:8) and that of Hoshea (q.v.), the last king of Israel (2 Kgs 15:30).Hosea, the son of Beeri
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hoshea
Hoshea (Heb. hôšēaʿ)1. The original name of Joshua (Num. 13:8, 16; Deut. 32:44).2. The last king of northern Israel (732–724 b.c.e.). Hoshea, allied with Assyria, assassinated Pekah (736–732), who along with the kings of other petty nations had rebelled against Assyrian suzerainty (2 Kgs. 15:30).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hosea
Hosea [hō zāˊə] (Heb. hôšēa˓ “may Yahweh save”).† An eighth-century B.C. prophet of the northern kingdom whose message is preserved in the book of Hosea. The Hebrew form of his name is identical to that of Hoshea. At Rom. 9:25 the KJV renders the name as Osee.Apart from the name of his father,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Hosea
Hose´a (salvation), son of Beeri, and first of the minor prophets. Probably the life, or rather the prophetic career, of Hosea extended from b.c. 784 to 725, a period of fifty-nine years. The prophecies of Hosea were delivered in the kingdom of Israel. Jeroboam II was on the throne, and Israel was at
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Hosea
HOSE´A (Heb. hōshēa, “deliverer”). The son of Beeri, and the first of the minor prophets.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Hosea
Hoseasalvation, the son of Beeri, and author of the book of prophecies bearing his name. He belonged to the kingdom of Israel. “His Israelitish origin is attested by the peculiar, rough, Aramaizing diction, pointing to the northern part of Palestine; by the intimate acquaintance he evinces with the
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Hosea
HOSEA [hoe ZAY uh] (deliverance) — an Old Testament prophet and author of the Book of Hosea. The son of Beeri (Hos. 1:1), Hosea ministered in the northern kingdom of Israel during the chaotic period just before the fall of this nation in 722 b.c. The literary features within Hosea’s book suggest he was
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