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One of the books of the Minor Prophets from the Old Testament. Here a prophet named Hosea is called by God to marry a prostitute to serve as an example for His concern and faithful love to His unfaithful people Israel.


This book provides examples of:

  • Arranged Marriage: Hosea's marriage to Gomer, which was arranged by God for the purpose of showing Israel a particular message He wanted to tell them.
  • Childless Dystopia: A curse that God would put upon the women of the kingdom of Israel, according to Hosea 9:14, is a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
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  • Foreshadowing: Hosea 11:1, where God says "Out of Egypt I have called My son," which contextually is referring to God delivering His people Israel out of Egypt, is interpreted by Christians as a prophecy of God calling Jesus Christ out of Egypt to return to the land of Judea when King Herod the Great, who wanted to kill Him, had died.
  • Hookers and Blow: Mentioned by God about Israel in Hosea 4:10-11:
    They shall eat, but not be satisfied;
    they shall play the whore, but not multiply,
    because they have forsaken the LORD
    to cherish whoredom, wine, and new wine,
    which take away the understanding. (English Standard Version)
  • I Can Change My Beloved: Deconstructed. Hosea takes a known prostitute as his wife (see above), and tries to make a respectable wife out of her, but she just won't give up her wanton ways, just as God has taken Israel unto Himself as a wife and yet Israel persists in her rebellious idolatry.
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  • I Have No Son!: Two of Gomer's children, Lo-Ruhamah and Lo-Ammi, are symbols of God disregarding the northern kingdom of Israel as being His people or His children at the time they were born and living.
  • Meaningful Name: Two of Gomer's children, which were most likely fathered out of wedlock, are given the names Lo-Ruhamah (No Mercy) and Lo-Ammi (Not My People) as a sign to Israel that God will no longer show them any mercy and that He will not consider them His people anymore.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: With the first child named Jezreel, God says that He is ready to pay back for all the blood Jehu son of Jehoshaphat had shed in Jezreel, recounting his Knight Templar ways regarding the massacre of King Ahab's royal family in 2nd Kings chapters 9 and 10.
  • Polyamory: An alternate reading of the book suggests that God had Hosea marry another woman besides Gomer, with Hosea being an example of God and his two wives being an example of both Judah and Israel.
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  • Shameful Strip: God tells Israel, personified as Gomer, in Hosea 2:2-3 to put away her harlotry and her adultery, or He will "strip her naked and leave her as in the day that she was born."
  • Son of a Whore: Two of Gomer's children, Lo-Ruhamah and Lo-Ammi, are most likely conceived with other men being their fathers, since there's no mention of Hosea being responsible for their conception.
  • Traumatic C-Section: God to Israel in Hosea 13:16:
    Samaria shall bear her guilt,
    because she has rebelled against her God;
    they shall fall by the sword;
    their little ones shall be dashed in pieces,
    and their pregnant women ripped open. (English Standard Version)
  • Where Is Your X Now?: God to Israel in Hosea 13:10-11:
    Where now is your king,
    to save you in all your cities?
    Where are all your rulers—
    those of whom you said,
    “Give me a king and princes”?
    I gave you a king in my anger,
    and I took him away in my wrath. (English Standard Version)
  • Your Cheating Heart: Gomer's adulterous behavior goes to such extremes that Hosea had to buy her back from another man in order to keep her faithful to him.
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