Who wrote the books of the Bible and when?

      Book of Habakkuk, about the oracle of Habakkuk concerning the destruction of Judah by Babylon (the Chaldeans), was written around the seventh century (612-588) B.C. by Habakkuk the phrophet. Habakkuk complains about the immorality in Judah and is then perplexed as to why God would punish Judah by a nation that was even more unrighteous, to which God explains that they would be destroyed as well. Habakkuk 2:4 declares that "the righteous will live by his faith," which the Talmud expressed to be the essence of all 613 of the Torah's commandments. The Book of Habakkuk includes:

  • Habakkuk's complaint that the law is paralyzed from Judah's injustice
  • The Lord's response that Babylon will punish Judah
  • Habakkuk questions the punishment of an evil nation by a more evil nation
  • The Lord's response that Babylon will be judged both for their own sins and for the destruction of Judah
  • Habakkuk's song of prayer praising God and hoping for the destruction of Babylon

        O Lord, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, we will not die. O Lord, you have appointed them to execute judgment; O Rock, you have ordained them to punish. Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the trecherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves? You have made men like fish in the sea, like sea creatures that have no ruler. The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad. Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food. Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy? (Habakkuk 1:12-17)

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