Sunday, March 17, 2013
Reader's Diary #964- The New King James Version Bible: The Book of Habakkuk
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?