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King Josiah of JudahThe Lost Messiah of Israel$
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Marvin A. Sweeney

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195133240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195133242.001.0001

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(p.301) 18 Habakkuk
King Josiah of Judah

Marvin A. Sweeney (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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