The wife of the prophet Hosea (Hos. 1: 3); her life as a prostitute gave Hosea the impetus to proclaim his message to the nation: by this marriage Hosea came to see the similarity of the marriage between Israel and God. The infidelity of the woman was paralleled by the nation's attraction to the heathen Baalim. Yet Hosea loved Gomer still; and the parallel with God and the nation is brought out in his prophetic utterances. Some commentators, however, have interpreted Hosea's marital experiences as parable rather than autobiography.