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[hoh-zee-uh, -zey-uh] /hoʊˈzi ə, -ˈzeɪ ə/
a Minor Prophet of the 8th century b.c.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
Abbreviation: Hos.
Origin of Hosea
< Hebrew hōshēa', literally, salvation, help Unabridged
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noun (Old Testament)
a Hebrew prophet of the 8th century bc
the book containing his oracles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Hosea

masc. proper name, from Hebrew Hoshea, literally "salvation," from stem y-sh- "to save."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Hosea in the Bible

salvation, the son of Beeri, and author of the book of prophecies bearing his name. He belonged to the kingdom of Israel. "His Israelitish origin is attested by the peculiar, rough, Aramaizing diction, pointing to the northern part of Palestine; by the intimate acquaintance he evinces with the localities of Ephraim (5:1; 6:8, 9; 12:12; 14:6, etc.); by passages like 1:2, where the kingdom is styled 'the land', and 7:5, where the Israelitish king is designated as 'our' king." The period of his ministry (extending to some sixty years) is indicated in the superscription (Hos. 1:1, 2). He is the only prophet of Israel who has left any written prophecy.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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