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Sexual and Marital metaphors in Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel$
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Sharon Moughtin-Mumby

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239085

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239085.001.0001

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Hosea 4–14

Hosea 4–14

(p.49) 1 Hosea 4–14
Sexual and Marital metaphors in Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel

Sharon Moughtin‐Mumby

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores sexual and marital metaphorical language in Hosea 4-14. It is shown that Hosea 4-4's distinctive use of the ‘prostitution’ focus provides an introduction to prophetic sexual and marital metaphorical language, starkly exposing how far theories of ‘cultic prostitution’ have underestimated this poetry's audacious use of ‘prostitution’ as a metaphorical focus. Hosea 4-14' also introduces the difficulties raised by prophetic sexual and marital metaphorical language for current readers.

Keywords:   metaphor, sexual language, marital language, prostitution, metaphorical language

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