In regard to the poem which forms the third and closing chapter of the present book of Habakkuk, there is much more general agreement.
A few years later (about 600) the two Pentateuchal documents J and E were woven together, the books of Kings were compiled, the book of Habakkuk and parts of the Proverbs were written.
(a) The original prophecy by Habakkuk, consisting of i.
Its most striking characteristic lies in the superscription ("A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, set to Shigionoth"), the subscription ("For the chief musician, on my stringed instruments"), and the insertion of the musical term "Selah" in three places (v.
References to earlier literature will be found in the following noteworthy studies of recent date: Davidson, "Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah," in Cambridge Bible (1896); Nowack, Die kleinen Propheten (Hdkr.) (1897); Wellhausen, Die kleinen Propheten (1898); G.
Pp. 269-272 (1900); Budde, article "Habakkuk" in Ency.
Ii., c. 1921-1928 (1901); Stevenson, "The Interpretation of Habakkuk," in The Expositor (1902), pp. 388-401; Peake, The Problem of Suffering in the Old Testament (1904), pp. 4-11 and app. A, "Recent Criticism of Habakkuk"; Marti, Dodekapropheton (K.
Ii., in Century Bible (1906); Duhm, Das Buch Habakkuk (Text, Ubersetzung and Erklarung), 1906 (regards the book as a unity belonging to the time of Alexander the Great), Max L.
Margolis discusses the anonymous Greek version of Habakkuk iii.
The dates of the other Minor Prophets (in some cases approximate) are: Micah, c. 725 - c. 680 B.C. (some passages perhaps later); Zephaniah, c. 625; Nahum, shortly before the destruction of Nineveh by the Manda in 607; Habakkuk (on the rise and destiny of the Chaldaean empire) 605-600; Obadiah, after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldaeans in 586; Haggai, 520; Zechariah, i.
Instead of the epistle, sundry passages from Hosea, Habakkuk, Exodus and the Psalms are read.
These were followed by commentaries on Job, Ezekiel, Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah, in the Cambridge series; and a Bible-class primer on The Exile and Restoration.
Ii.), the prayer of Habakkuk (iii.), the prayer of Hezekiah (Isaiah xxxviii.) and other similar Old Testament passages, and, from the New Testament, the Magnificat, the Benedictus and the Nunc dimittis, are admitted as psalms.
He wrote a number of very valuable commentaries on Habakkuk (1843), Genesis (1852, 4th ed.