Hosea

Hosea

[hoh-zee-uh, -zey-uh]
noun
1.
a Minor Prophet of the 8th century b.c.
2.
a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Hos.

Origin:
< Hebrew hōshēa', literally, salvation, help

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Hosea (həʊˈzɪə)
 
n
1.  a Hebrew prophet of the 8th century bc
2.  the book containing his oracles

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Hosea
masc. proper name, from Heb. Hoshea, lit. "salvation," from stem y-sh- "to save."
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Hosea definition


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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