Commentaries on Hosea

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Best  2
More  9
Early Church  1
Chapters in Hosea  

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The Best Commentaries on Hosea

Intermediate

Burroughs, Jeremiah – An Exposition of the Prophesy of Hosea, vols. 1 (chs. 1-3), 2 (4-7), 3 (8-10),  4 (11-13)  Buy  1643  Does not include ch. 14, but see Reynolds and Sibbes

***“Masterly.  A vast treasure-house of experimental exposition.  With the exception of Adams, we prefer it to any other of the expositions reprinted under the editorship of Mr. Sherman.” – Spurgeon

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Pococke, Edward – A Commentary on the Prophecy of Hosea  d. 1691

Pococke (1604-1691) was a reformed Anglican.

** – “Orme says Pocock was ‘one of the finest Oriental scholars, and certainly the first Arabic scholar of his age.’  His book is a treasury filed with the products of laborious research.” – Spurgeon

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More Commentaries on Hosea

Reformer

Luther, Martin – Works, vol. 18: Minor Prophets I: Hosea & Malachi  Buy

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Practical & Devotional

Hubbard, David Allen – With Bands of Love: Lessons from the Book of Hosea  Buy  1968

‘Adapted from material given at the Conservative Baptist Seminary, Denver, and to a Bible study class in Pasadena, these devotional messages stress the main lessons of the Book of Hosea.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Morgan, G. Campbell – Hosea: the Heart and Holiness of God  Buy  1934  126 pp.

Morgan (1863–1945) was the predecessor at Westminster Chapel in London to Martin Lloyd Jones.

‘Frequently regarded as one of Morgan’s finest expository studies.  Amillennial.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Veldkamp, Herman – Hosea: Love’s Complaint  Buy  1980

Veldkamp is a Dutch Reformed pastor who has written on a number of the minor prophets.

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Intermediate

1800’s

Neale, James – The Prophecies of Hosea: Translated, with a Commentary and Notes 1850

**  “We do not think many ministers will value it for homiletical purposes.” – Spurgeon

Wolfendale, James – Homiletical Commentary on Hosea  1879

** – “On an excellent plan, and moderately well executed.  With Burroughes and others to quarry from, and so good a method to work by, Mr. Wolfendale ought to have produced a better book; but even as it is he deserves a measure of commendation.”

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1900’s

Mays, James Luther – Hosea, a Commentary  Buy  OT Library West. Press  1969  204 pp.

‘This critical study is one of the better works in this series.’ – Cyril J. Barber

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**  “Horsley occassionally succeeds in elucidating obscurities, but frequently his treatment of a text reminds one of the old army surgeons who cut and hacked thir patients without mercy.  This translation is still valued, but is to be followed with discretion.”

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The Early Church on Hosea

Ferreiro, Alberto – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: The Twelve Prophets  Buy 

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Hosea, Chs. 1-4

1600’s

Downame, John – Lectures upon the Four First Chapters of the Prophecy of Hosea, wherein the text is expounded and cleared, and such profitable instructions observed, and applied, as naturally arise out of this holy Scripture, and are fit for these times  ToC  1608

***“An exposition of the richest kind.  Get it by all means, if you can.” – Spurgeon

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1800’s

Hengstenberg, E.W. – ‘Messianic Predictions in Hosea, chs. 1-3’  1868  125 pp.  in The Christology of the Old Testament, vol. 1, pp. 165-290

Fuller, Andrew – Illustrations of Scripture: Conversion of the Jews on Hos. 1-3:5  in Works, vol. 1, pp. 598-600

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Hosea ch. 6

Smith, Samuel – An Exposition upon the Sixth Chapter of the Prophesy of Hosea  ToC  1616

*** “In Smith’s usual quiet, rich, expository manner.” – Spurgeon

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Hosea, Chs. 11-14

Fuller, Andrew – Illustrations of Scripture: Conversion of the Jews on Hos. 11-14:9 in Works, vol. 1, pp. 600-602

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Hosea Ch. 14

Margoliouth, Moses – Genuine Repentance, and its Effects, an Exposition of Hosea 14  1854

**  “Respectable discourses.” – Spurgeon

Pierce, Samuel – The 14th Chapter of Hosea  1822

Pierce (1746-1829) was an English Reformed Baptist.

Reynolds, Edward – An Explication of the Fourteenth Chapter of Hosea; in Seven Sermons  d. 1676

Reynolds was a Westminster divine and reformed Anglican.

*** – “Reynolds was on of the greatest theological writers in an age of great divines.  He worthily takes place with Burroughs.” – Spurgeon

Sibbes, Richard – The Returning Backslider, or a Commentary upon Hosea 14  1639

*** “Manton says of Sibbes, that he had a peculiar gift in unfolding the great mysteries of the Gospel in a sweet and mellifluous manner, and therefore he was by his hearers usually termed the Sweet Dropper, ‘sweet and heavenly distillations usually dropping from him with such a native eloquence as is not easily to be imitated.’  This commentary on Hosea is a fair specimen of his style.” – Spurgeon

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