I have been writing about sacrifice in the Old Testament in the context of the covenant between God and Israel, which was compared to a marriage. In this context idolatry was seen as the spiritual equivalent of adultery. Last Sunday I wrote about how the life of the Prophet Hosea was a sort of living parable of the relation between God and Israel. He married a faithless wife who bore him three children; he cast off the wife and children and waited faithfully for their return. In the relation between God and......