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The People and Land in the Book of Hosea

Kyung Hee Park 1

1침례신학대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study investigates a theological understanding of divine love which emanates from divine pathos, focusing on the exegetical interpre- tation of Hosea 2: 4-25[2-23], and 4: 1-19. The first focal point of this research is to explore theological implications involved the people and land in the book of Hosea. The second focal point of this research is to understand divine love which embraces the sinful people and the polluted land. In Hosea's prophetic messages, Israel has forsaken YHWH and has sought help from other gods and other nations. The worship of YHWH is defiled and there is no distinction between him and foreign gods. The results of this lack of knowledge of God is that Israel failed in keeping and observing the divine law in the land. The people of YHWH have forgotten the values of conducting behavior as God's people. There is the superficial worship practice in the land: sacrifice and burnt offerings without acknowledging what God requires of the worshippers. Israel's constant rebellion by breaking the law and by worshipping idolatry has also polluted the land which God gave to his people as inheritance. Therefore, God suffers from the sinful people and the polluted land. However, divine compassionate love emanated from divine pathos toward Israel leaves room for reconciliation and restoration. On the basis of forgiveness divine compassion heals a broken relationship between YHWH and Israel. In divine pathos Hosea's prophetic messages bear divine passionate love. YHWH justifies his love with the statement: "I am God no human, the Holy One in your midst."(Ho 11: 9) This is essential for God's love in the divine holiness. This power of love emanating from divine suffering embraces the sinful people and the polluted land. This love creates a new relationship between YHWH and his people and renews a universal covenant between human and natural world(Ho 2: 20-25[18-23]).

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