EDITOR’S PREFACE ore than ever the horizons in biblical literature are being ex- panded beyond that which is immediately imagined; impor- tant new methodological, theological, and hermeneutical di- rections are being explored, often resulting in significant contributions to the world of biblical scholarship. It is an exciting time for the academy as engagement in biblical studies continues to be heightened. This series seeks to make available to scholars and institutions, schol- arship of a high order, and which will make a significant contribution to the ongoing biblical discourse. This series includes established and inno- vative directions, covering general and particular areas in biblical study. For every volume considered for this series, we explore the question as to whether the study will push the horizons of biblical scholarship. The an- swer must be yes for inclusion. In this volume Susan Haddox examines the use of metaphor in Hosea with a particular focus on the emphasis and language of masculin- ity as it pervades political apostasy in Hosea. The author observes cor- rectly that while in many ways masculinity dominates the Hosea text, there is a paucity of scholarship in this area. She attends to this need with an extensive application of masculinity theory to Hosea, building on the limited foundation of recent scholarship that employs masculine theory. She argues that while there has been a preponderance of scholarship on female imagery in Hosea, male imagery in fact dominates the text. Using the model of social and semantic space, she evaluates the...
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