Hosea ? a born Israelite, married to Gomer, an unfaithful wife (became a sacred prostitute at one of the Boal ahrines), a personal tragedy that profoundly influenced Hosea?s teaching. Hosea spoke to the people in the Northern Kingdom when he began his prophetic career during the last years of Jeroboem and continued his teaching from 750-722 B.C., – a time of national disintegration. Sermons of Amos had no effect; there was a general state of moral decay and corruption. Hosea was motivated to speak because of Israel?s continued infidelity took form of ruthless oppression of poor and crass idolatry. Hosea?s message stressed the theme of forgiveness, and the chastisement of a jealous lover longing to bring back the beloved to the fresh and pure joy of their first love. Hosea Ch 11 and 14 Summit of Old Testament theology, God?s Love expressed with tenderness.
Amos ? a shepherd from Tekoa, near Bethlehem, and a Judean by birth. God sent Amos to the Northern Kingdom during the reign of Jeroboam II (786-747 BC), a time of prosperity and moral corruption. Amos? message was to call people back to the high moral and religious demands
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