Habakkuk in Easton's Bible Dictionary
embrace, the eighth of the twelve minor prophets. Of his
personal history we have no reliable information. He
probably a member of the Levitical choir. He was
with Jeremiah and Zephaniah.
Habakkuk in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
"The cordially embraced one (favorite of God), or the
cordial embracer." "A man of heart, hearty toward another,
taking him into his arms. This Habakkuk does in his
prophecy; he comforts and lifts up his people, as one would
do with a weeping child, bidding him be quiet, because,
please God, it would yet be better with him" (Luther). The
psalm (Habakkuk 3) and title "Habakkuk the prophet" favor
the opinion that Habakkuk was a Levite. The closing words,
"to the chief singer on my stringed instruments," imply that
Habakkuk with his own instruments would accompany the song
he wrote under the Spirit; like the Levite seers and
singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun (1 Chronicles 25:1-5). A
lyrical tone pervades his prophecies, so that he most
approaches David in his psalms.
The opening phrase (Habakkuk 1:1) describes his
prophecy as "the burden which," etc., i.e. the weighty,
solemn announcement. Habakkuk "saw" it with the inner eye
opened by the Spirit. He probably prophesied in the 12th or
13th year of Josiah (630 or 629 B.C.), for the words "in
your days" (Habakkuk 1:5) imply that the prophecy would come
to pass in the lifetime of the persons addressed. In
Jeremiah 16:9 the same phrase comprises 20 years, in Ezekiel
12:25 six years...
Habakkuk in Hitchcock's Bible Names
he that embraces; a wrestler
Habakkuk in Naves Topical Bible
-A prophet and poet who probably prophesied after the
destruction of Nineveh
Hab 1:1; 3:1
-His hymn of praise of the majesty of God
Habakkuk in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(embrace), the eighth in order of the minor prophets. Of the
facts of the prophet's life we have no certain information. He
probably lived about the twelfth or thirteenth year of Josiah,
B.C. 630 or 629.
Habakkuk in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
I. The Author.
Habakkuk (chabhaqquq) means "embrace," or "ardent embrace."
#Some of the ancient rabbis, connecting the name with 2 Ki
4:16, "Thou shalt embrace a son," imagined that the prophet
was the son of the Shunammite woman. The Septuagint form of
the name, Hambakoum; Theodotion Hambakouk, presupposes the
Hebrew chabbaquq. A similar word occurs in Assyrian as the
name of a garden plant.
Practically nothing is known of Habakkuk. The book bearing
his name throws little light upon his life, and the rest of
the Old Testament is silent concerning him; but numerous
legends have grown up around his name. The identification of
the prophet with the son of the Shunammite woman is one.
Another, connecting Isa 21:6 with Hab 2:1, makes Habakkuk
the watchman set by Isaiah to watch for the fall of Babylon.
One of the recensions of the Septuagint text of Bel and the
Dragon declares that the story was taken "from the prophecy
of Habakkuk, the son of Jesus of the tribe of Levi." This
must refer to an unknown apocryphal book ascribed to our
prophet. What authority there may be for calling his father
Jesus we do not know. The claim that he was of the tribe of
Levi may be based upon the presence of the musical note at
the end of the third chapter. According to the Lives of the
Prophets, ascribed, though perhaps erroneously, to
Epiphanius, bishop of Salamis in Cyprus during the latter
part of the 4th century AD, he belonged to Bethtsohar, of
the tribe of Simeon. A very interesting story is found in
Bel and the Dragon (33-39), according to which Habakkuk,
while on his way to the field with a bowl of pottage, was
taken by an angel, carried to Babylon and placed in the
lions den, where Daniel ate the pottage, when Habakkuk was
returned to his own place. According to the Lives, Habakkuk
died two years before the return of the exiles from Babylon.
All these legends have little or no historical value...
Habakkuk in Wikipedia
Habakkuk or Havakuk (Hebrew: חֲבַקּוּק, Standard Ḥavaqquq
Tiberian Ḥăḇaqqûq) was a prophet in the Hebrew Bible. The
etymology of the name of Habakkuk is not clear. The name
is possibly related to the Akkadian khabbaququ, the name of
a fragrant plant, or the Hebrew root חבק, meaning
"embrace". He is the eighth of the twelve minor prophets and
likely the author of the Book of Habakkuk, which bears his
Practically nothing is known about Habakkuk's personal
history, except for what can be inferred from the text of
his book, which consists of five oracles about the Chaldeans
(Babylonians) and a song of praise to God. Since the
Chaldean rise to power is dated c. 612 BC, it is assumed he
was active about that time, making him an early contemporary
of Jeremiah and Zephaniah. Jewish sources, however, do not
group him with those two prophets, who are often placed
together, so it is possible that he was slightly earlier
than they. Because the final chapter of his book is a song,
it is sometimes assumed in Jewish tradition that he was a
member of the tribe of Levi, which served as musicians in
Solomon's Temple. According to the Zohar (Volume 1, page 8b)
Habakkuk is the boy born to the Shunamite woman through
Habakkuk Scripture - Habakkuk 1:1
The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
Habakkuk Scripture - Habakkuk 3:1
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.