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HUMAN-HEADED WINGED BULL AND WINGED LION (LAMASSU)- The Metropolitan Museum of Art

English:  Habakkuk
Hebrew:  הבקוּק
Transliterated:  Havaquq
Other names:   

 

whoWho

Wrote the book:  Habakkuk
Are the key people:  Habakkuk, the Babylonians
Is it written to:  The people of the southern kingdom of Judah

 

whatWhat

Habakkuk's complaints (Habakkuk 1:1-2:20)
Habakkuk's prayer (Habakkuk 3:1-19)

 

whenWhen

Was it written:  c 626-588 BCE
Did the events occur:  c 626-588 BCE
Was it canonized:  c 499-100 BCE
(see the Timeline of the Tanakh)

 

whereWhere

Was it written:  unknown
Did the events occur:  the kingdom of Judah

 

whyWhy

Habakkuk was written to inform us that: 
Believers struggle and doubt.
G-d is sovereign.
In G-d there is Hope.

 

whyIntroduction

The book of Habakkuk continues the pattern of historical and prophetic writings by the latter prophets of Israel. Written soon before the fall of Assyria and the rise of Babylon, Habakkuk informs us that G-d is able to use any nation He desires to accomplish His purposes, even using a nation as wicked as Babylon to punish Assyria's own wickedness. Habakkuk tells us that, even in the midst of war and tumult "the righteous shall live by his faith".

 

 

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Yom Sheni, 11 Av, 5778

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