This concluding chapter reviews discussions in the preceding five chapters. It argues that a theme that repeatedly emerged throughout these discussions was the inability of the prophetic texts to reverse their own negative sexual and marital metaphorical language. Each prophetic book attempted such a reversal in its own way, whether through the ‘turning’ of language in word-plays (Hosea 4-14), the introduction of ‘forgiveness’ for the female (Jeremiah 2: 1-4: 4), the rebuilding of the Temple (Ezekiel), or the seduction of the female (Hosea 1-3). But in each of these cases such attempts created their own problems, rendering these texts highly unstable.
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