HOSEA, LOVE’S COMPLAINT, by Herman Veldkamp; Paideia Press, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada; paper, 240 pp., $7.95 ($9.95, Canadian). (Reviewed by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema)
This attractively published little work is a translation from the Dutch of a book by this rather well-known minister of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands under the title (in Dutch), “The Son of Beeri.” It consists of 43 rather brief chapters on various texts from the prophecy of Hosea.
The work is not a commentary, though there are indeed some interesting and helpful exegetical insights in it. It is rather in the nature of a book of short meditations which include a good many practical insights and applications. Though I do not have the original, and therefore cannot make a comparison, it appears to be a good translation into smooth-flowing English. The book would make good devotional reading.
As far as I can discern, there is little or no thematic approach in the book. I do not get the impression that the author has grasped the fundamental theme and thrust of the prophecy. And as one who has worked his way through the prophecy some years ago, there are points at which I definitely disagree with the exegesis and the applications.
Nevertheless, I recommend this book for interesting and helpful devotional reading.