This chapter explores sexual and martial metaphorical language in Hosea 1-3. It argues that the controversy over these three chapters stems from the adoption of four broad assumptions, which have demonstrated an impressive capacity to complicate this prophetic text. The first assumption is the belief that the storyline in chapters 1 and 3 must follow the same path as allegedly parallel stories in other prophetic books; the second is the conviction is that ‘missing details’ from chapters 1 and 3 can be found within the poetic chapter 2; the third is the perception that chapters 1 and 3 speak of the prophet's personal life; and the fourth is the consensus that in these two narratives Hosea represents YHWH, while Gomer represents Israel.
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