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Psalmody in Prophecy: Habakkuk 3 in Context
Religion
  • James W. Watts, Syracuse University
Document Type
Article
Date
1-1-1996
Keywords
  • Psalmody,
  • pslams,
  • prophecy,
  • Habakkuk,
  • Bible,
  • Judaism,
  • victory hymns
Language
English
Description/Abstract

The psalm in Habakkuk 3 resembles songs in Exodus 15, Deuteronomy 32 and 33, Judges 5 and 2 Samuel 22 in its archaic linguistic formations and vocabulary stock, victory hymn form, and appearance outside of the Psalter. Unlike these hymns set within prose narratives, however, Habakkuk 3 appears within a book of prophetic poetry structured in a liturgical and dramatic fashion. Habakkuk, therefore, offers an ideal case for the comparative study of prophetic and narrative composition through the use of the same literary device. The results of such a comparison reveal a sophisticated text which mixes inherited generic conventions to create novel effects. I am delighted to dedicate this essay to my father, John D.W. Watts, whose early work included the form-critical description of inset hymnody in Amos.

Additional Information

Part of JSOT Supplements (235).

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Citation Information
Watts, James W. "Psalmody in Prophecy: Habakkuk 3 in Context." Forming Prophetic Literature: Essays On Isaiah and the Twelve in Honor of John D.W. Watts. Ed. James W. Watts and Paul R. House. JSOTSupplements 235. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996. 209-223.