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Title: The Divine Net in Hosea 7,12
Author(s): KRUGER, P.A.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 68 Issue: 1 Date: April 1992
One of the most conspicuous features of the book Hosea is the extensive use made of metaphors and similes to depict the relationship between Yahweh and his people. Images are drawn from almost every sphere of life: when reviewing the past from a present perspective, Yahweh is depicted as a loving, caring father watching carefully over the first steps of his son, Israel (l1,lff.); He is like a shepherd (4,16); a carnivore (5,14; 13,7ff.), or like a wound and infection (5,12). Israel, on the other hand, is looked upon as a herd (13,6-8); a heifer (10,11); a vine (10,1); a fickle bird (7,11f.); a stubborn cow (4,16), etc.!.
The aim of this short note is to investigate the significance of only one of these images, viz. the net in 7,12 and try to establish its origin and the way in which it is related to the other imagery in the book.