Hosea in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(salvation), son of Beeri, and first of the minor prophets.
Probably the life, or rather the prophetic career, of Hosea
extended from B.C. 784 to 723, a period of fifty-nine years.
The prophecies of Hosea were delivered in the kingdom of
Israel. Jeroboam II was on the throne, and Israel was at the
height of its earthly splendor. Nothing is known of the
prophet's life excepting what may be gained from his book.