Reading Habakkuk 3 in the light of ancient unit delimiters

Show simple item record Prinsloo, Gert Thomas Marthinus 2013-11-26T08:30:19Z 2013-11-26T08:30:19Z 2013-08-05
dc.description.abstract Habakkuk 3 is one of the most controversial texts in the Hebrew Bible. Diverging opinions have been expressed on literally every facet of the text. Quite surprising though, interpreters are virtually unanimous in their opinion about the structure of the pericope. Apart from a superscript (3:1) and subscript (3:19b) four units are normally demarcated: a prayer (3:2), a theophany (3:3–7), a hymn (3:8–15) and a confession of trust (3:16–19a). Unit delimiters in ancient Hebrew manuscripts demarcate two (3:1–13 and 3:14–19) or three (3:1–7; 3:8–13; 3:14–19) units. This study evaluates this evidence and reads Habakkuk 3 in the light of the units demarcated in ancient manuscripts. It raises awareness of interesting structural patterns in the poem, calls for a rethinking of traditional form critical categories, and opens avenues for an alternative understanding of the pericope. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Prinsloo, G.T.M., 2013, ‘Reading Habakkuk 3 in the light of ancient unit delimiters’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 69(1), Art. #1975, 11 pages. 10.4102/hts.v69i1.1975 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v69i1.1975
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dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_US
dc.rights © 2013. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Habakkuk 3 en_US
dc.subject Modern critical opinions en_US
dc.subject Ancient perspectives en_US
dc.subject Structural patterns en_US
dc.subject Dominant motifs en_US
dc.title Reading Habakkuk 3 in the light of ancient unit delimiters en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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