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Hosea, Amos

Believers Church Bible Commentary
Hosea, Amos

Series: Believers Church Bible Commentary Series
Author: Allen R Guenther
Product Code: 9072
ISBN: 9780836190724
Pages: 434
Binding Information: Paper
Size: 8.75 x 5.63 inches

Publication Date: 4/10/1998
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Allen R. Guenther brings an evangelical believers church perspective to the study of two eighth-century B.C. prophets. He explores theological and practical implications of their message, which he applies to the contemporary church.

This work compares Israel’s distinctive religion, influenced by Baal-worshiping Phoenician neighbors, with faith in Judah. In his own marriage, Hosea dramatizes God’s redeeming love. Amos’s exposure of shallow piety and injustice brings him into confrontation with the official priest at Bethel. For both prophets, the Lord’s judgment is to lead on to repentance and restoration.

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Abbreviations and Cross-References . . . 12
Series Foreword . . . 13
Author's Preface . . . 15

Hosea

Introduction to Hosea
Hosea, the Man . . . 18
The Times . . . 18
Hosea as Literature . . . 19
  Its Source . . . 19
  Its Beauty and Power . . . 19
  Its Design . . . 19
  The Story . . . 21
  The Story Around the Story . . . 22
  Chart of the Parts of Hosea . . . 24
  Chart of Hosea 1-3: Gomer and Her Children . . . 25
Character and Emphases of This Commentary . . . 26

Heading, 1:1 . . . 30

Part 1: Biography of a Marriage Failure, 1:2-3:5
  Chart on God in Covenant with Israel . . . 37
Hosea and Gomer: Marriage Metaphor, 1:2-2:1 . . . 38
  *Hosea as a Suffering Servant . . . 50
  *Reaching Back, Leaning Forward: Hosea 1:10 . . . 52
  +The Purposes of God . . . 52
  +Models of Faithfulness in the Power of Deep Affection . . . 53
The Death of a Marriage: Rebirth of Hope, 2:2-23 . . . 55
  *God's Divorce: A Moral Dilemma . . . 70
  *Divine Patience and Persistence . . . 71
  +The Witness of Marriage and Family . . . 72
  +Christ and the Church: Bridegroom and Bride . . . 72
Reconciliation: Born of Persistent Love, 3:1-5 . . . 74
  *The Nature of Love . . . 80
  +Renewing The Passion . . . 82
  +Paradigm of Restorative Counseling . . . 82
  +Through Tami's Eyes . . . 83

Part 2: Trial Transcript: God Versus the Heirs, 4:1-14:9
Preface to the Trial, 4:1-3 . . . 89
Defendant, Lo-ammi: You Don't Know God, 4:4-6:3 . . . 96
Indictments, 4:4-19 . . . 96
  *Ecology and Salvation: The Land Mourns . . . 104
  *The Pastoral Calling . . . 105
  *Hermeneutics and the Hebrew Text . . . 106
  +Covered by Grace: Please Excuse Me! . . . 107
  +Worship with the Mind Engaged . . . 107
  +Double Standards: For Men, for Women . . . 108
The Verdict, 5:1-15 . . . 108
  *Knowing God: Three Aspects . . . 117
  +The Saints . . . 119
  +Spirituality . . . 120
  +Conflict and the Witness of God's People . . . 120
Hope Preserved, 6:1-3 . . . 121
  *Resurrection . . . 124
  +Repentance: "Let Us Return" . . . 125

Defendant, Lo-ruhamah: No Family Affection, 6:4-11:11
Chart on Proportions of Oracles . . . 128
Four Indictments, 6:4-7:16 . . . 128
  *Hesed as Choice, Faithfulness, and Obedience . . . 141
  +Looking for the Large Picture . . . 143
  +When the Prophets Succeed (or Fail) . . . 143
  +The Rule of Pragmatism . . . 144
  +God Suffers . . . 144
  +Collective Covenant Breaking . . . 145
Sentences, 8:1-11:7 . . . 146
  *A God with Feelings . . . 167
  *The Word of the Lord . . . 167
  +On Choosing Leaders . . . 168
Hope in God's Compassion, 11:8-11 . . . 181
  *God, the Mother . . . 184
  *Hosea 11 and the New Testament . . . 185
  +Trust in Leaders . . . 186
  +Uses of Prophetic Judgment Texts . . . 187
  +A Consistent Value System . . . 187
Defendant, Jezreel: No Integrity, 11:12-14:8 . . . 188
  Indictment, 11:12-12:8 . . . 189
  Judgments, 12:9-13:16 . . . 195
  Hope Beyond Forgiveness? 14:1-8 . . . 205
Epilogue: A Word to the Wise, 14:9 . . . 214
  *Integrity . . . 215
  *Is God Obligated by Repentance . . . 216
  *A Blessing on the Nations . . . 217
  *Ruhamah: Restoring Love . . . 217
  +Integrity in Faith and Practice . . . 218

Outline of Hosea . . . 221

Amos

Introduction to Amos
The Times . . . 228
The Message . . . 230
The Prophet . . . 232
The Book . . . 233
Structural Chart of the Book of Amos . . . 235

Heading, 1:1-2 . . . 236

Part 1: Israel Among the Nations, 1:3-2:16
  Illustrated Map: Indictment of the Nations . . . 243
Alien Nations Indicted 1:3-10 . . . 246
Related Nations Indicted, 1:11-2:3 . . . 249
  *God Rules . . . 252
  *Ethics and Caring . . . 252
  *Addressing the Nations . . . 254
  +Naming the Evils . . . 255
  +Blessing the Good . . . 257
The Lord's People Indicted, 2:4-16 . . . 258
  *God, the Poor, and Violence . . . 265
  +Cheap Grace . . . 266
  +On Being a Conscience to the World . . . 267

Part 2: The Covenant Lawsuit, 3:1-6:14
Getting Your Day in Court, 3:1-15 . . . 272
  *Election: Privilege and Responsibility . . . 277
  *Witness of the Nations . . . 277
  +Witness to the Nations . . . 278
Persistent Patterns of Sinning, 4:1-13 . . . 280
  *The Role of Corrective Judgments . . . 288
  *The Relation of Ethics, Theology, and Doxology . . . 289
  *Repentance . . . 290
  +Between Feasting and Famine . . . 291
  +Injustice at Arm's Length . . . 292
Funeral Song: Israel's Last Gap:5:1-6:14 . . . 294
  How (Not) to Meet God, 5:1-17 . . . 295
  *Seeking God: Refocus on Justice . . . 301
  +Renewal . . . 302
  Stanza 1: The Terrors of That Day, 5:18-27 . . . 303
  *The Use of Amos 5:25-27 in the New Testament . . . 309
  *Cult, Creeds or Conduct . . . 310
  +"I Have a Dream" . . . 311
  +The Priestly Vocation . . . 312
  +Imaging God: Icons or Idols? . . . 312
  Stanza 2: Bursting the Bubble, 6:1-14 . . . 314
  *Spotlight on Leaders . . . 320
  +Materialism . . . 321

Part 3: Visions of the End, 7:1-9:15
A Vision of Locusts, 7:1-3 . . . 327
A Vision of Fire, 7:4-6 . . . 330
  *Intercession . . . 331
  Chart on Moses as Intercessor . . . 331
  *When God Repents . . . 332
  +Polar Views on Prayer . . . 333
A Vision of a Plumb Line, 7:7-17 . . . 335
  *Testing the Prophets . . . 340
  +On Recognizing the Prophet of the Lord . . . 341
  +On Silencing the Prophets . . . 342
  +From Civil Religion to World Christian . . . 344
A Vision of a Basket of Summer Fruit, 8:1-14 . . . 346
  *The Silence of God . . . 351
  +Greed . . . 352
A Vision of the Lord, 9:1-15 . . . 353
  *Israel's Misinterpretations . . . 363
  *New Testament Interpretations . . . 364
  +The Church's Use and Neglect of Amos . . . 366

Outline of Amos . . . 368


"By highlighting Hosea's rich metaphors, Guenther portrays the emotional dynamics of God's deep hatred of his people's sin and even deeper desire for renewed covenant relationships. God's people failed to know God and act with integrity. Yet each major message ends with hope because of God's unfailing love. With equal clarity, Guenther probes how Amos uncovers the hypocrisy of Israel's worship, the unjust way they treat others, and their deceptive trust in God's protection. He shows the same problems today." —Gary V. Smith, Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota


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