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Habakkuk, Book of
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The Book of Habakkuk has a liturgical form. A complaint by the prophet in 1:2–4 is followed by God’s reply (vv. 5–11), which announces the coming of the Chaldeans (v. 6). When the prophet objects (vv. 12–17), Yahweh gives a fresh answer (2:1–5), to which a series of woes is appended (6–20). Chap. 3 contains a prayer, the heart of which is the depiction of a theophany. This chapter is structured in such a way that it can be used in worship.

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Thiel, Winfried, “Habakkuk, Book of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 01 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H2>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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