The book of the prophet, Hosea, is held by the author to be a theological document, the richest of the writings of the prophets of the eighth century, B.C. The exposition of the theological significance of Hosea becomes, therefore, the aim of this commentary. Professor Ward, who teaches at the Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University, examines the book of the prophet chapter by chapter, making his own translation, giving a minute exegetical and textual commentary verse by verse, and then offering a theological interpretation of the data given by the text itself. He believes that the exposition of the theologies of the various books of the Old Testament is the best approach to the formulation of a ""biblical theology."" Close attention is given to the central figure of Hosea--that of Israel as the ""wife"" who has played the adulterous woman--and to the question as to how far this figure was a literal fact in Hosea's own domestic life. The total effect of the volume is that of a careful but freshly written piece of scholarship, of primary interest to students and scholars.