The Message of Hosea, By Derek Kidner
The Message of Hosea
  • Length: 136 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: July 02, 2024
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0645
  • ISBN: 9781514006450

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Why would God ask one of his prophets to marry a prostitute? Because he wanted to teach Hosea, the nation of Israel, and all of us today a lesson we will not forget, a lesson that is painful yet joyous.

Hosea's somber portrait of the human condition is our lesson in pain. All of us have been unfaithful, forsaking God and his ways. Yet Hosea's clear illustration of God's love for us brings joy. While we are yet sinners, God comes to us and loves us.

Derek Kidner imaginatively takes us through the unfolding story of Hosea and his wife, Gomer, explaining the basic message, pointing out its subtleties, and encouraging us to live lives worthy of the God who loves the loveless.

Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Hosea offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, the Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language and a new interior design.


General preface
Author’s preface
Chief abbreviations
To the reader . . .

Part 1: A parable from life: A distracted family (Hosea 1–3)
1. Introducing Hosea (1:1)
2. An ominous beginning (1:2-9)
3. A rift in the clouds (1:10–2:1)
4. The lovers and the Lover (2:2-23)
5. ‘Love . . . as the Lord loves’ (3:1-5)

Part 2: The parable spelt out: How can I give you up? (Hosea 4–14)
6. A people without understanding (4:1-19)
7. The prospect darkens (5:1-14)
8. Let us press on to know the Lord (5:15–7:2)
9. Decadence (7:3-16)
10. Sowing the wind, reaping the whirlwind (8:1-14)
11. Wanderers among the nations (9:1-17)
12. ‘Time to seek the Lord’ (10:1-15)
13. ‘How can I give you up?’ (11:1-11)
14. Look back and learn! (11:12–12:14)
15. The unmaking of a kingdom (13:1-16)
16. The way home (14:1-9)

Map: Assyria and the west
Map: The break-up of Israel
Chronological table
A bird’s-eye view of the book


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Derek Kidner (1913–2008) was warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He wrote several volumes in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series and the Bible Speaks Today series.