Sunday, March 17, 2013

Reader's Diary #964- The New King James Version Bible: The Book of Habakkuk

Nearing the end of the Old Testament (only 4 books to go!), I feel like a bit of a broken record talking about how short the books have gotten. Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai... they're all becoming a blur.

Not that character building was a primary goal when the Bible was being written, but there seemed to be so much more of it in the earlier books. You really got a sense of who Eve, Noah, and Moses were, for example. By the time you get to the minor prophets near the end of the Old Testament, they're all a little difficult to tell apart.

I thought, while reading Habakkuk, how there's a whole realm of back stories ready to be explored here. I don't know, is there a market for Christian or Jewish historical fiction? According to the Wikipedia page, less is known about Habakkuk than any other writer of the Bible. Who's not intrigued by mystery men? In this book, Habakkuk questions God about his treatment of the people of Judah and near the end of the book, Habakkuk decides to stay faithful to God, even if he doesn't fully understand. Not as much agreeing to disagree as it was submitting to blind trust.

But who is this guy who not only talks to God but challenges His decisions? That's a pretty big deal, right? So, it would be neat to read about how Habakkuk got to this point in his life; even a fictional account could be interesting. Personally, I think he was a time traveling alien from the outer reaches of Bode's Galaxy. You?

1 comment:

Kate said...

I may have snorted after reading this... And yes, there is a market for historical Jewish or Christian fiction - have you read The Red Tent? And then there is the whole concept of Midrash.

I do think that you hit the nail on the head when you summed up the ending of the book. Most of the prophets were crying out against injustices that they saw all around them; and in the end, Habakkuk decides to leave it all in God's hands. Anne Lamott says that the opposite of faith isn't doubt - the opposite of faith is certainty. If Habakkuk fully understood, it wouldn't be faith.

Here endeth today's sermon!

(PS - I think that Habbakuk was a hologram)