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The Best Commentaries on Hosea
*** – “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
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
More Commentaries on Hosea
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 (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.
Neale, James – The Prophecies of Hosea: Translated, with a Commentary & 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.”
‘This critical study is one of the better works in this series.’ – Cyril J. Barber
* – “For Hebraists only.” – Spurgeon
Horsley, Samuel – Hosea: Translated from the Hebrew, with Notes Explanatory & Critical (1801)
** “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.”
The Early Church on Hosea
Ferreiro, Alberto – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: The Twelve Prophets Buy
Jerome (c. 342–347 – 420)
Theodore of Mopsuestia – ‘Commentary on the Prophet Hosea’ in Commentary on the Twelve Prophets trans. Robert C. Hill in Fathers of the Church (Catholic University of America Press, 2004), pp. 37-102
Theodore (c. 350 – 428)
Cyril of Alexandria – ‘Commentary on the Prophet Hosea’ in Commentary on the Twelve Prophets, vol. 1 trans. Robert C. Hill in Fathers of the Church (Catholic University of America Press, 2007), pp. 25-256
Cyril (c. 376 – 444)
Julian (c. 386 – c. 455) was bishop of Eclanum in Italy and was a leader of the Pelagians.
Theodoret of Cyrus – Commentary on the Twelve Prophets Ref (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2006) 378 pp.
Theodoret (c. 393 – c. 458/466)
On Chapters in Hosea
Hosea, Chs. 1-4
Downame, John – Lectures upon the Four First Chapters of the Prophecy of Hosea, wherein the Text is Expounded & Cleared, & such Profitable Instructions Observed & Applied, as Naturally Arise out of this Holy Scripture, & are Fit for These Times (1608)
*** – “An exposition of the richest kind. Get it by all means, if you can.” – Spurgeon
Hengstenberg, E.W. – ‘Messianic Predictions in Hosea, chs. 1-3’ in The Christology of the Old Testament (1868), 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
Hosea ch. 6
Smith, Samuel – An Exposition upon the Sixth Chapter of the Prophesy of Hosea (1616)
*** – “In Smith’s usual quiet, rich, expository manner.” – Spurgeon
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
Hosea Ch. 14
Margoliouth, Moses – Genuine Repentance & 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