By Andy Hale
“Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms…” Somehow the poetic language of the King James Version sounds so pleasant, even in Hosea 1:2.
God’s command to Hosea makes the short list of the most outlandish exchanges of the Bible. Who can forget Balaam’s ass, Ehud losing his sword inside King Eglon’s obesity, or the streaker in the Garden of Gethsemane?
The details of Hosea’s relationship with Gomer are not well-known, since this was an exchange between God and the prophet within a highly patriarchal society. And yet, through the new modern-day adaptation of the story, filmmakers take us into the perspective of Hosea’s wife of whoredom.
Released on September 25, Hosea takes viewers into the life of Cate, a young woman who battles through addiction and sex-working while trying to discover her identity and value. The film is gritty and raw, connecting our deeper humanity for longing, acceptance, creativity, love and belonging.
We sat down with the Director, Ryan Daniel Dobson, Producers, Suzanne Watson, and Avril Speaks for a conversation about the film’s making and its deeper theological implications.
Hosea is available to stream on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Vudu and Google Play.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy