John August Swanson, "Psalm 23." Used by permission.
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Faith as a Way of Life
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3:17-19 Commentary
by Juliana Claassens
Habakkuk has in the past been deemed a dangerous book.
Ulrike Bail writes that in 1940, a church newspaper in Basel Switzerland published a column under the title: “Word on the (Current) Situation” that included an excerpt from the book Habakkuk. The military censors banned the newspaper because they viewed this text as a critique of the Nazi regime of the time.
The book Habakkuk reflects an exceedingly traumatic time in Israel’s history. Not long before, the mighty Assyrian army destroyed one city after the other, brutally killing people. And we know that not long after Habakkuk was written, the Babylonians under king Nebuchadnezzar would three times attack Jerusalem, taking the leaders and skilled citizens into exile, and in 587 BCE, destroying the city and the temple. Indeed, violence is all around.
The lectionary text for today consists of three short pericopes from this fascinating book. In Habakkuk1:1-4 we see how the prophet looked around and is overwhelmed by all the violence he sees. In v 3, he asks why God is tolerating ...
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Sept. 7, 2014 - May 24, 2015
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The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church. Read more...
Narrative Lectionary 151: Faith as a Way of Life
November 30, 2014
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 1 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers the readings for Nov. 30, 2014: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3:17-19. Accompanying reading: Matthew 26:36-38.
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