Answer: John Calvin tended to use too much allegorical interpretation when it was not at all necessary. His attempt to allegorize the marriage of Hosea to Gomer is a good example of this.
The text is intended to be understood literally and Hosea’s marriage was to be a pictorial lesson for the people of Israel, but it was a real marriage with real children, and there was a separation and a reunion with certain consequences. Nothing in the text indicates that this was allegorical.
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