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Starting with shape- and text-critical examinations of the textual content of Habakkuk, this paintings examines the position of the prophet within the historic environment of past due 7th-century Judah. It assesses the guidelines supported by way of Habakkuk throughout the debate surrounding the dying of the Assyrian empire and Judah's function within the new political scenario. It presents a foundation for reading the function of prophets in Judahite society.

This important examine includes 4 conscientiously developed chapters during which the shape, content material, and historic environment of Habakkuk’s prophecy are analyzed and the jobs which Habakkuk and different prophets performed inside of 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 examine of Habakkuk in the consonantal culture represented within the MT” (p. 7). He for this reason 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 really is solely attainable “to arrive at an knowing of the textual content that is towards the unique historic atmosphere than the knowledge mirrored within the current MT” (p. 10). certainly, that's the objective of the subsequent bankruptcy ("Translation and Notes”).

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Ez. 21:26), to a looking upon which is favorable (cf. 2 Kgs. 10:16), to a seeing which causes grief, horror, etc. (cf. Est. 8:6). The example from Ez. 21:26 seems to be particularly appropriate in the present context. ' the nations (bgwym MT) Commentators are nearly equally divided over the reading at this point. The commentary of lQpHab (ii 1, 3, 5), the LXX hoi kataphronetai, cf. 1: 13, 2:5), the Peshitta and others seem to reflect the reading (h)bgdym. J. Lachmann suggests that the LXX reading arose from a consonantal text not employing matres lectionis.

Eaton, Obadiah, Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah (London: SCM, 1961), pp. 99-107, who divides 2:6b--8, 9-11,12-14,15-17, and 18-20. THE TEXT 21 rearrange verses (most commonly vv. 19, 18)89 to maintain this form. In fact, it would appear that introductory material comes be fore the pronouncement ofwoe itself, not only in v. 19, but also in v. 11 and quite probably in vv. 5,8 and 14. 90 This may have occurred because of the use of the woes within the predominant complaint form. One primary motivation for the traditional division of the woes was the apparent regu1arity of the ky-dauses that occur in (especially) vv.

Jer. 49: 1-2; Ps. ) and in cognate literatures (cf. 70 For the meaning 'dispossess,' cf. BOB 439b and KB 3 421 b. This nuance appears to be particularly prominent in the Oeuteronomic literature but is also present outside this collection. 71 the one whose dwellings are not his own The object of the verb 'dispossess' may either be a person or an object. 72 It is suggested that 'sr was omitted from the phrase 73 and that the object is not the 'dwellings' but the person currently possessing these dwellings.

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