It is Possible, but Debated
Duane Garrett discusses this in his entry about the verse in Hosea, Joel, Vol. 19A, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997)
Some scholars argue that the Hebrew actually means “And I am not ‘I
AM’ to you.” In other words, they argue that with these words God has
relinquished the title of I AM for Israel (Exod 3:14); he shall no
longer be the God of Moses that they knew.90 This interpretation is
possible.91 It is, however, open to question. The text nowhere else
makes reference to the name “I AM” or to the burning bush episode.92 We
also have to wonder whether the ancient Hebrew reader would take this
clause to mean “And I am not ‘I AM’ to you.”93
His footnotes are relevant here:
Note 90, which lists sources who argue for a reading of the divine name:
See Hubbard, Hosea, 65, Wolff, Hosea, 21–22; and especially Andersen and Freedman, Hosea, 198–99.
Which refers specifically and respectively to (copied from the Bibliography; my clarification is in brackets):
- Hubbard, D. A. Hosea. TOTC [Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries]. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1989.
- Wolff, H. W. Hosea. Hermeneia. Translated by G. Stansell. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1974.
- Andersen, F. I. and D. N. Freedman. Hosea: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. AB [Anchor Bible]. New York: Doubleday, 1980.
Note 91, which describes how this reading is grammatically possible:
To take וְאָנֹכִ֖י לֹֽא־אֶהְיֶ֥ה לָכֶֽם to mean “I am not I AM to you” requires that one treat it as a verbless clause in which אֶהְיֶ֥ה functions not as a verb but substantivally as a proper name in the predicate position. The order [subject + לֹא + predicate noun] can be used for a negative verbless clause. Examples include this verse (אַתֶּם֙ לֹ֣א עַמִּ֔י “you are not my people”), Hos 2:4 (Eng. 2:2), and Jer 2:11 (= 16:20). On the other hand, we also see the pattern [לֹא + predicate + subject], as in Amos 7:14 לֹא־נָבִ֣יא אָנֹ֔כִי (“I am not a prophet”). See also Jer 5:10 and 51:5. If the statement is a negative rhetorical question, the normal order is [הֲלֹא + subject + predicate], as in Exod 4:11; 14:12; Num 22:30; Deut 3:11; Isa 45:21.
Note 92, which mentions the only other use of this Hebrew word in Hosea:
The only other occurrence of אהיה in Hosea is at 14:6 (“I shall be as the dew to Israel”), where it is simply a verb and cannot allude to Exod 3:14.
Note 93, which gives the reasons he (and others) see for NOT reading it as the divine name:
We have several reasons for reading the phrase with אֶהְיֶה as a normal verb (“I am not your [God]”). First of all, וְאָנֹכִ֖י לֹֽא־אֶהְיֶ֥ה לָכֶֽם is normal Hebrew grammar. That is, we have many examples of a [subject pronoun + לֹא + imperfect verb] pattern (to cite but a few, Jer 15:19; 23:14; 38:18; Ezek 5:11; 11:11; Hos 5:13). The Hebrew reader probably would take אֶהְיֶה in its ordinary sense as a verb and not as a proper name. The lack of the word אֱלֹהֵיכֶם (“your God”) is not all that surprising; we saw that Hosea omitted both יהוה and הוֹשֵׁעַ in v. 6 (saying only “and he said to him”). Also there may be another reason for Hosea’s choice of וְאָנֹכִ֖י לֹֽא־אֶהְיֶ֥ה לָכֶֽם over something like וְאָנֹכִי לֹא אֱלֹהֵיכֶם (“I am not your God”) at this early stage of the oracle. By simply saying “and I am not yours,” the text continues to operate at two levels. On one side is God’s relationship to Israel, but on the other is Hosea’s estrangement from his own family. “I am not yours” allows for this ambiguity in a way that “I am not your God” would not. See especially 3:3, where Hosea tells Gomer, “Then indeed I shall be yours” (וְגַם־אֲנִ֖י אֵלָֽיּךְ), a reversal of the line in 1:9. Finally, as mentioned above, there is no other reference to Exod 3 or to the I AM in this oracle. It seems strange that the text would slip in such a significant allusion and then do nothing with it. Instead, the oracle ends at 2:25 (Eng. 2:23) with Lo-Ammi saying, “You are my God” (אֱלֹהָֽי), which implies that the reader was simply to understand אֱלֹהֵיכֶם (or, אֱלֹהֵיךָ) at 1:9. If an allusion to Exod 3:14 were the point of the text, we may have expected the reversal also to include אהיה in some fashion (i.e., “You are I AM to me”). For further discussion see C. S. Ehrlich, “The Text of Hosea 1:9,” JBL 104 (1985): 13–19.
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