George Zemek and Todd Murray
“A Puritan preacher was once asked why he was so precise in his handling of God’s Word? To which he answered – ‘because I serve a precise God.’ Indeed! And such can be said of this volume because of the great care taken by the authors George Zemek and Todd Murray. Dr. Zemek’s exacting exposition of the Hebrew text, and Pastor Murray’s penetrating applications lay bare the astonishing, relentless love of God for his people. And because this truth is conveyed in the true story of a marital relationship, it has a way of informing the soul of God’s infinite love that exceeds the bare statement of that wondrous truth. Readers of Love Beyond Degree, will have their love for God charged and recharged, as well as their love for Christ and his bride, the church, and a lost world.” R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus of College Church in Wheaton and John Boyer Professor of Evangelism and Culture at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
“I am grateful that my friends, Dr. Zemek and Todd Murray, have undertaken this work on Hosea. This powerful prophet is universally ignored by the evangelical church and yet its message is the very heart of the gospel of redemption. Every believer should grasp the power of redeeming love contained in this inspired text.” John MacArthur, President, The Master’s Seminary and University
“This is a most unique study of the book of Hosea. Based on an understanding of the Hebrew Text, Zemek provides a fine exposition of each chapter with a theological emphasis. Murray then follows each exposition with exhortations for practical application. Thus the work is very helpful for pastors and other Bible teachers. I highly recommend it.” Dr. Kenneth L. Barker, General Editor, NIV Study Bible
“Hosea is a profound book that presents a multi-faceted vision of our sovereign God. Indeed, both God’s terrifying wrath against sin and his grace to sinners are displayed in perfect balance. One might initially think these images of God are contradictory, but in reality they are complementary, as George Zemek and Todd Murray demonstrate in this insightful and readable exposition. The authors have done a superb job of distilling Hosea’s message in its original context, deriving enduring theological principles from it, and challenging modern readers to come to grips with those principles. Like Hosea, they focus on the depth of our sinfulness, the necessity of divine justice, and the magnitude of God’s grace that forgives sin while satisfying the demands of justice.” Robert B. Chisholm, Jr., Chair and Senior Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
“Readers know they have a good commentary when they find themselves returning to it again and again with profit. Love Beyond Degree is such a commentary. Zemek and Murray provide a superb exegetical analysis of Hosea while also presenting a challenge to examine ourselves in the light of God’s Word. Expositors must confront present day idolatry from a solid foundation of studying Hosea’s prophecies. This commentary will help prepare for sound, biblically relevant exposition.” William D. Barrick, Th.D., Professor of Old Testament (retired), The Master’s Seminary