Reconsidering the Date and Provenance of the Book of Hosea: The Case for Persian-Period Yehud
Bos, James M.
London: Bloomsbury, 2013 pp. xii + 186. $110
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 580
Description: This study argues that the book of Hosea ought to be
understood and read as a text that was composed in Persian-period Yehud rather
than in eight-century Israel. The author challenges the traditional scholarship
and emphasizes that there is the evidence to suggest that the book should be
viewed as a Judahite text - a book that was composed in the late sixth or early
fifth century B.C.E.
Bos provides an overview of the state of prophetic research, as well as a discussion of genre and the generation of prophetic books, linguistic dating and provenance; and a survey of Hosea research. Bos discusses various aspects of the book of Hosea that aim to prove his argument the book was
composed in Persian-period Yehud - the anti-monarchical ideology of the book,
the dual theme of ‘Exile' and ‘Return' which is consistent with the discourse
found in other Judahite books dating to the sixth century; and the historiographical
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Historical Approaches, History, Persian Period, Hosea, History of Interpretation
Review by Pamela J. Scalise
Citation: Pamela J. Scalise, review of James M. Bos, Reconsidering the Date and Provenance of the Book of Hosea: The Case for Persian-Period Yehud, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
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