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Habakkuk/Book of Habakkuk
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I. The Prophet – II. The Book – III. Effective History

I. The Prophet

The prophet Habakkuk lived in Jerusalem around 600 bce. His name is Assyrian in origin and derives from the Akkadian term for a garden plant (ḫabb[m]aqūqu). He is described as a cult prophet (nabı̑) (1:1), which is confirmed by the fact that he receives the word in a cultic location (2:1–3). Whether, however, his critique of the social abuses caused by the political and economic elite of…

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Otto, Eckart, “Habakkuk/Book of Habakkuk”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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