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.
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