A Phenomenological Reading of Hosea 12.4–5 and 11.1–2: Commune with Us explores two passages from the Hebrew Bible’s prophetic book containing puzzling plurals in the original language, pieces so enigmatic they are usually changed entirely in translation. Andrew Oberg, however, considers them delightfully confusing, and through in-depth examinations builds a “patchwork” version for each. These reconstructions are then brought to bear on four separate interpretative interactions per pairing, based on alternative pre-comprehensions that Oberg investigates using phenomenological methods to trace, describe, and wonder on the resulting responses. Finally, Oberg widens the focus of study and presents an approach to engaging with scripture, of whatever faith and lineage, that moulds the lessons taken into a technique that could be applied by any reader for a deeper “interrogation” of their literary heritage. Oberg finds that the treasures we have received from tradition still—yet, always—have volumes and volumes to speak.
Andrew Oberg is associate professor in the faculty of humanities at the University of Kochi, Japan.
Chapter One: Pause
Chapter Two: Parse
Chapter Three: Probe
Chapter Four: Pertain
About the Author
This book is a work of considerable erudition. Andrew Oberg makes Hosea’s struggle ours and offers a sustained, thorough, and compelling phenomenological analysis of whom ‘we’ might be and how ‘we’ might encounter Scripture and perhaps even God. Methodologically rich and fascinating, Oberg’s treatment deserves significant attention from all interested in the phenomenology and hermeneutics of the Old Testament.
A Phenomenological Reading of Hosea 12.4-5 and 11.1-2: Commune with Us is not merely a book; it is a revelation. In the realm of theological reflection, Andrew Oberg emerges as a trailblazer who transcends the boundaries of traditional biblical interpretation and ushers readers into a realm of profound (phenomenological) insights.