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Love Divine and Unfailing: The Gospel According to Hosea (Barrett)

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After establishing the historical and theological backdrop for Hosea, the book focuses on the connection between Hosea’s marriage to Gomer and the Lord’s marriage to his people. Though many were deaf to Hosea’s preaching, even the dullest could see his grief, sympathize with his sorrow, and wonder at his persistent love. Hosea’s marriage was a living sermon: What Hosea did for Gomer, God did for Israel; What Gomer did to Hosea, Israel did to God.


Table of Contents:




Part One: Just the Facts

1. Hosea: a Messianic Man

2. Hosea: The Time of His Life

3. Hosea: His Creed

Part Two: Lifestyle Evangelism

4. A Marriage Portrait

5. Up Close and Personal

Part Three: The Sermon

6. The Gracious Covenant

7. The Broken Covenant: The Bright Side

8. The Broken Covenant: The Dark Side

9. The Way Back Home


Appendix: Christ out of Egypt: Hosea 11:1 and Matthew 2:15


Index of Scripture



Michael P. V. Barrett is vice president for academic affairs/academic dean and professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



"Love Divine is a clear, honest, panoramic treatment of the book of Hosea, poignantly showing how Hosea and Gomer’s treatment of each other reflected God and Israel’s treatment of each other. Dr. Barrett excels in unfolding his views logically on solid exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological grounds. The book is compelling in its Christ-centeredness and is a masterpiece in expounding God’s loving and gracious covenant in its internal and external dimensions. Love Divine is also true to the personal experience of covenantal grace in the lives of believers. All of this makes it a sheer delight to read. Every pastor should study Love Divine before preaching from the book of Hosea, and every Christian will find it enlightening and God-glorifying." - Joel R. Beeke

"The books is marked by its exegetical insights, its practical and experimental nature, and its Christocentric focus. One of the more helpful sections in the book is Dr. Barett's discussion of the Christological nature of Hosea's covenant theology. He gives a cogent explanation of covenant theology and the relationship of the various covenant administrations, leading their fulfillment in the new covenant." - Joseph A. Pipa