The Message of Habakkuk – Then and Now
Instructor: To Be Determined
**A basic understanding of biblical Hebrew is recommended**
In this course, we will review some of the main poetic, structural, and rhetorical devices of biblical Hebrew poetry with special reference to Habakkuk’s prophetic style and his discouraging contextual setting. A group reading of the entire book of Hebrew in Hebrew will include a combined exegetical, literary, and oratorical analysis along with a comparative review of popular Bible translations, whether in English or other languages. Our mutual aim is to better understand the prophet’s dramatic, God-inspired message in the original language with a view toward effectively communicating its meaning and relevance to a contemporary audience or readership. A workbook with resources has been prepared to help guide our way through the text of Habakkuk, and participants will be assigned specific verses to serve as discussion leaders. Special attention will be devoted to passages that are similar to those found elsewhere in the OT or NT, as well as those of theological importance or which have a significant practical application in today’s multifaceted pastoral ministry. A short practical paper arising from your study of Habakkuk will conclude the course.
Course Credits 1.0