Help on Hosea

The series “The Gospel According to the Old Testament” has been a boon to pastors who desire to see how Christ can be seen from the perspective of the Old Testament. I have now read both of Iain Duguid’s volumes (on Abraham, and on Isaac and Jacob, both of which were outstanding), and Charles Schwab on Daniel (which was also excellent). And now we have a volume coming out in November on Hosea. Hosea is a very difficult book to interpret, and preachers need all the help they can get. Hosea is not well served by modern Reformed commentators. Therefore, this book should help to fill that gap.



  1. TJ said,

    October 1, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    GB, that should be George Schwab, not Charles. George was one of my professors in seminary. Charles is the guy I wish I had enough money to invest with!!!

  2. Kyle said,

    October 1, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Excellent eisogetical skill, Rey. How about some actual exegesis next time?

  3. October 1, 2008 at 11:26 pm


    Reading your comment was like reading a pesher from the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was slightly easier, though, than reading the Hebrew of 1QpHab.

  4. Chris E said,

    October 2, 2008 at 4:39 am

    Would you care to recommend books on similiar subjects at the level of a layperson? Ideally if these existed in Russian translations that would be most excellent – trying to give introductory material on biblical theology to a russian speaker who has a hard time reading the Old testament.

  5. G.C. Berkley said,

    October 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm


    Rey’s entertainment value is dropping faster than the Dow and the Nasdaq. Can’t we filter out the nonsense. I mean, there wouldn’t be too many words left, but…

  6. October 3, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Oh come on, GC…I imagine rey’s comment above is the closest most here have come to reading a text from the Dead Sea Scrolls : ).

  7. Ben D. said,

    October 3, 2008 at 5:01 am

    Ray Dillard’s book in the series on Elijah and Elisah is very good as well.

  8. Ben D. said,

    October 3, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Elisha, sorry.

  9. October 4, 2008 at 11:30 pm


    I have long loved this series, and continue to recommend it to friends leading various types of Bible studies and those who preach. I have not read the one on Daniel you mention. I will try to look at it when I have time. Daniel has long been a major interest of mine. I hear Estelle’s contribution on Jonah is well worth the read.

    Ray Dillard’s contribution that Ben D mentioned was my entry into this series. In many ways it launched my interest in Biblical Studies. I concur with Ben, it is excellent…though I suspect my endorsement is not the best thing around here : ).

    Thanks for mentioning the Hosea volume.

  10. John Ronning said,

    October 5, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    re. “pastors who desire to see how Christ can be seen from the perspective of the Old Testament.”

    I have a problem with the apparent underlying presupposition here, that Christ is present in the OT only by prediction. The pre-incarnate Son is the God of Israel; Moses described him as “full of grace and truth” (Exod 34:5-6). Christ is present everywhere you see the name YHWH (i.e. LORD); to think otherwise is heresy.

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