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Habakkuk or Havakuk (חֲבַקּוּק, Standard Hebrew Ḥavaqquq, Tiberian Hebrew Ḥăḇaqqq) was a prophet in the Bible Old Testament and Jewish Tanakh. The name is possibly related to an Akkadian word for a plant or the Hebrew word meaning "embrace." He was the eighth of the twelve minor prophets, and likely the author of the Book of Habakkuk, which bears his name.


Practically nothing is known about Habakkuk's personal history, and all that we surmise is inferred from the text of his book, which consists of five oracles about the Chaldeans (Assyrians) and a song of praise to God. Since the Chaldean rise to power is dated c. 612 B.C., we can assume that he was active about that time, making him an early contemporary of Jeremiah and Zephaniah. Jewish sources, however, do not group him with those two prophets, who are often placed together, so it is possible that he was slightly earlier than them.


Because of the final chapter of his book, which is a poetic praise of God, it has been assumed that Habakkuk was likely a member of the Levitical choir in the Temple. Contemporary scholars point out, however, that this chapter is missing from the Dead Sea Scrolls and has some similarities with texts found in the Book of Daniel. They therefore suggest that it is a later interpolation which influenced the authors of Daniel, and that it is impossible to make the assumption of Habakkuk's background based on it.


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Habakkuk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (270 words)
Habakkuk or Havakuk (חֲבַקּוּק, Standard Hebrew Ḥavaqqūq, Tiberian Hebrew Ḥăḇaqqûq) was a prophet in the Bible Old Testament and Jewish Tanakh.
The name is possibly related to an Akkadian word for a plant or the Hebrew word meaning "embrace." He was the eighth of the twelve minor prophets, and likely the author of the Book of Habakkuk, which bears his name.
Practically nothing is known about Habakkuk's personal history, and all that we surmise is inferred from the text of his book, which consists of five oracles about the Chaldeans (Assyrians) and a song of praise to God.
Commentary on The Prophecy of Habakkuk (10919 words)
Habakkuk prophesied at a time when the Babylonians were on the rise in the late 7th century BC, and the prophet is informed that they were being used as a means of God’s judgment against Judah and Jerusalem.
Habakkuk acknowledges that he recognises that they are coming as instruments of chastening, and that God is over all and that therefore there was no need for despair.
Habakkuk is declaring His confidence that although he cannot fully understand what is happening, He is confident that in the end God is their Rock.
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