Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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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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NL151: Faith as a Way of Life
November 30, 2014
Narrative Lectionary podcast on texts for Nov. 30, 2014: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3:17-19. Accompanying reading: Matthew 26:36-38.