Hosea, Prophecies Of
This book consists of fourteen chapters. It is easy to recognize two great divisions in the book: (1) ch. 1 to 3; (2) ch.
4 to end. The subdivision of these several parts is a work of greater difficulty—
- The first division should probably be subdivided into three separate poems, each originating in a distinct aim, and each after
its own fashion attempting to express the idolatry of Israel by imagery borrowed from the matrimonial relation.
- Attempts have been made to subdivide the second part of the book. These divisions are made either according to reigns of contemporary
kings or according to the subject-matter of the poem. The prophecies were probably collected by Hosea himself toward the end
of his career. Of his style Eichhorn says, “His discourse is like a garland woven of a multiplicity of flowers; images are
woven upon images, metaphor strung upon metaphor. Like a bee he flies from one flower-bed to another, that he may suck his
honey from the most varied pieces....Often he is prone to approach to allegory; often he sinks down in obscurity.”