Lecture 17 - Literary Prophecy: Hosea and Isaiah

author: Christine Hayes, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University
published: Sept. 1, 2010,   recorded: November 2006,   views: 3555

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The lecture focuses on the eighth-century northern prophet Hosea, a linguistically difficult book set against the backdrop of the expansionist Assyrian Empire. Hosea's marriage symbolizes Israel's relationship with God and serves to remind Israel of God's forbearance and Israel's obligations and pledge to loyalty under the covenant at Sinai. The second half of the lecture shifts to Isaiah and his emphasis on the Davidic Covenant, rather than the Mosaic one, a key distinction between him and Hosea. Themes in Isaiah include the salvation of a remnant, Israel's election to a mission and an eschatology that centers around a "messiah" (anointed) king of the house of David.

Reading assignment:

Bible: (1) Introduction to Hosea (JSB pp. 1143-4), Hosea 1-14 (2) Introduction to Isaiah (JSB pp. 780-784), Isaiah 1-12, 28-33, 36-39

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Comment1 Mary, December 2, 2014 at 8:56 a.m.:

These lesson are so helpful. However, she speaks so fast, so it is difficult to understand for those who not master of English.

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