Marvin A. Sweeney

in King Josiah of Judah

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195133240
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834693 | DOI:

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Study of the book of Habakkuk has tended to emphasize its condemnation of Judeans and its postexilic setting. A literary analysis of the structure of the book and its contents, however, indicates that it addresses the problem of theodicy in the aftermath of Josiah's death, insofar as it identifies the wicked as the Babylonians. Habakkuk's dialog with YHWH is designed to demonstrate that YHWH brought the Babylonians to subjugate Judah and that YHWH would ultimately overthrow the Babylonian oppressors.

Keywords: Babylonian; Habakkuk; Habakkuk's dialog; Judah; Judeans; theodicy

Chapter.  5359 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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