Chapter 1 HISTORICAL READERS AND READING HISTORICALLY;
Chapter 2 READING HOSEA AND PERSIAN PERIOD POLITICS;
Chapter 3 YEHUDITE LOYALTY TO THE ACHAEMENIDS;
Chapter 4 YEHUDITE RELIGION;
Chapter 5 REORIENTING THE DIVINE-HUMAN RELATIONSHIP: READING HOSEA IN THE EARLY ACHAEMENID PERIOD;
Chapter 6 CONCLUSION; Bibliography; Index of References; Index of Authors; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; W; Y.
An examination of the final form of Hosea within the socio-historical context of Persian period Judah, making use of insights from historical-critical and reader-oriented perspectives. The amalgamation of these two seemingly divergent approaches creates a framework within which the setting and interpretive practices of both the modern critic and the ancient reader(s) can be taken seriously. The resulting examination proposes a reading of Hosea shaped, as far as possible, by the reading conventions and socio-religious concerns of Persian period Judahites. (source: Nielsen Book Data)