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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

The Relevance of Hosea

Hosea's message of divine love and the need for fidelity has lost none of its relevance in the modern world. The most important lesson to be learned from Hosea, however, may well be a matter of theological method. The way to the knowledge of God is through the observation of human experience. We know that it is better to pity than to destroy because of our experience in raising children. We know that infidelity is destructive because of the experience of our relationships, or because we have seen it in the relationships of others. Our knowledge of God is inferred from those basic human values which we know intuitively. Essentially the same theological method can be found in the parables of Jesus (for example, the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan) which are based to a great degree on the observation of human relationships.

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