Hosea Takes Gomer to Be His Wife.
 
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Title:Hosea Takes Gomer to Be His Wife
Notes:Quatrefoil on the western exterior, depicting Hosea taking Gomer to be his wife, as God commanded. On the right, the artist has chosen to represent the marriage consumation and births that follow with bedsheets. "In a narrative that should be understood as an historical account, Hosea records the names of his wife and children and the symbolic warnings that were intended for the wayward nation. Fully aware of the kind of woman that God wanted him to marry, Hosea announces in verse 3 that he has married Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim. Knowing that the name Gomer comes from a verb root meaning "to end, to come to an end, to complete," Keil has suggested that the woman's name indicates that she would be brought tom "completion" or "perfection" through her whoredom. The obvious significance is that Gomer's faithlessness to her husband would parallel Israel's faithlessness to God." (Vandermey/Cohen, 20)
Date:1220-1240
Building:Cathédrale d'Amiens
Object/Function:Relief sculpture
Material:Stone
City/Town:Amiens
Country:France

Scripture:Hosea 1:2-10
Person as Subject:Hosea (Biblical prophet)
Gomer (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:CProp12
General Subject:Marriage
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- France -- Amiens -- Medieval, 500-1500
ICONCLASS Number:71O21
Index of Christian Art Number:20 A51 CND 14W,002 L2

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Record Number:29457 Last Updated: 2011-04-27 17:09:12 Record Created: 2003-05-01 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Hosea and Amos
Author:Vandermey, H. Ronald and Gary G. Cohen
Publisher:Moody Publishers
Date:1981