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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

Series Information
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 ĎExile' and ĎReturn' which is consistent with the discourse found in other Judahite books dating to the sixth century; and the historiographical traditions.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Historical Approaches, History, Persian Period, Hosea, History of Interpretation

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Review by Pamela J. Scalise
Published 4/1/2014
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 [] (2014).

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