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“Hosea's Marriage Metaphor and Its Influence on the Covenant Theology of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Deutero-Isaiah”

Adonis Saclolo (Philippines)

Licentiate in Sacred Theology with field of specialization in Biblical Theology
Adviser: Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D.


Hosea received a very peculiar prophetic vocation: to announce the message of YHWH through his marriage (Hos 1-3). Hosea’s marriage is a vehicle to convey God’s message, his matrimonial life is a metaphor of the covenant. Thus, the prophet introduced the nuptial language to Old Testament Covenant Theology. This thesis then proceeds to establish the influence of Hosea’s marriage metaphor to three later prophets: Jeremiah (chs. 2, 3, 31), Ezekiel (chs. 16, 23), and Second Isaiah (chs. 50, 54). These explorations are methodologically attempted through biblical theology and exegesis of pertinent passages from the said prophets, particularly in their comprehension of the relationship between God and Israel as revealed by the matrimonial bond. The study concludes by exploring how the OT covenant in a marital motif deepens our understanding of New Testament covenant theology, the Church, sacramental marriage and family life.

Final Defense:

Date of Oral Defense: March 18, 2016

Board of Examiners:

  • Federico Villanueva, Ph.D. (Principal Examiner)
  • Fr. Manuel Montesclaros, S.J., S.S.L.
  • Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D. (Adviser)

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