By Robert D. Haak
Starting with shape- and text-critical examinations of the textual content of Habakkuk, this paintings examines the function of the prophet within the ancient surroundings of past due 7th-century Judah. It assesses the regulations supported by way of Habakkuk in the course of the debate surrounding the dying of the Assyrian empire and Judah's position within the new political scenario. It presents a foundation for analyzing the function of prophets in Judahite society.
This helpful learn includes 4 conscientiously developed chapters during which the shape, content material, and ancient atmosphere of Habakkuk’s prophecy are analyzed and the jobs which Habakkuk and different prophets performed inside Judahite society are tested. within the first bankruptcy, Haak surveys the early Hebrew manuscripts (mainly 1QpHab and the Murabbaˁat manuscript of the Twelve Prophets) and the types of Habakkuk and concludes that "there is a foundation for the textual learn of Habakkuk in the consonantal culture represented within the MT” (p. 7). He accordingly adopts a text-critical technique during which the consonantal culture of the MT is given precedence yet during which emendation is taken into account valid if proof from the manuscripts and the types warrants. at the foundation of current wisdom, Haak presumes that it truly is solely attainable “to arrive at an realizing of the textual content that's toward the unique historic atmosphere than the knowledge mirrored within the current MT” (p. 10). certainly, that's the target of the subsequent bankruptcy ("Translation and Notes”).
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He reappears in the apocryphal 'Bel and the Dragon' (vv. 33-39) as a prophet who provides food for Daniel in the lion's den. The Greek introduction to 'Bel and the Dragon' calls Habakkuk huiou Iesou ek tes phyles Levi. G. 4 1 A complete discussion of textual and lexical problems may be found in Robert D. D. dissertation, University of Chicago, 1986), pp. 43-346. 2 Robert R. Wilson, Propheey and Soeiety in Aneient Israel (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1980), pp. 257-258. 3 H. M. I. Gevaryahu, 'Biblical Colophons: A Source for the "Biography" of Authors, Texts and Books,' SVT28 (1975) 59.
McKenzie (New York: Herder & Herder, 1962), pp. 59f. 60 Dennis Pardee, 'The Semitic Root mrr and the Etymology of Ugaritic mr(r) / /brk,' UF 10 (1978) 266. 61 Cf. , p. 261. ' On the grammatical construction which omits 'sr in a nominal sentence cf. A. B. Davidson, Hebrew Syntax (Edinburgh: Clark, 1894), p. 191. 62 Wellhausen, Kleinen Propheten, p. 166. 63 Barr, Comparative Philology, p. 295. 64 Not only is the meaning appropriate here but the assonance of hmr and hnmhr is probably not accidental.
This would seem to mean that the ky-dauses found in Hab. 2:5, 8, and 18 should not be associated with the woe orade on a formal basis. Of the three remaining clauses which do describe the fate of the evildoers (2: 11, 14, 17), vv. 11 and 14 appear to precede the associated woe orade, while v. 17 folIows. Again, the fluidity of the form is evident. Rather than restructuring the verses and phrases of Habakkuk to fit a hypothetical form, it would seem preferab1e to modify our understanding of the form.