A Discourse Analysis of Habakkuk

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Author: David J. Fuller
Habakkuk is unique amongst the prophetic corpus for its interchange between YHWH and the prophet. Many open research questions exist regarding the identities of the antagonists throughout and the relationships amongst the different sections of the book. In A Discourse Analysis of Habakkuk, David J. Fuller develops a model for discourse analysis of Biblical Hebrew within the framework of Systemic Functional Linguistics. The analytical procedure is carried out on each pericope of the book separately, and then the respective results are compared in order to determine how the successive speeches function as responses to each other, and to better understand changes in the perspectives of the various speakers throughout.

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David J. Fuller, Ph.D. (2018), McMaster Divinity College, is Managing Editor of McMaster Divinity College Press and Adjunct Faculty at Thorneloe University. His publications include journal articles in SJOT, Biblica, and BTB.
Preface
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
 1 Introduction 1  2 Previous Approaches to Habakkuk
 3 Structural Divisions in Habakkuk
 4 Conclusions and Chapter Outline

1 Methodology
 1 Introduction
 2 SFL Discourse Analysis: Framework
 3 Discourse Analysis Using SFL: Methodological Steps
 4 Conclusion

2 Habakkuk 1:2–11
 1 Introduction
 2 Analysis: Habakkuk 1:2–4
 3 Analysis: Habakkuk 1:5–11
 4 Comparison of Habakkuk 1:2–4 and 1:5–11
 5 Conclusions

3 Habakkuk 1:12–17
 1 Introduction
 2 Analysis: Habakkuk 1:12–17
 3 Comparison of Habakkuk 1:12–17 and 1:5–11
 4 Comparison of Habakkuk 1:12–17 and 1:2–4
 5 Conclusions

4 Habakkuk 2:1–2:2.2 and 2:2.3–2:6.2
 1 Introduction
 2 Habakkuk’s Narrative Aside in 2:1–2
 3 Analysis: Habakkuk 2:2.3–2:6.2
 4 Comparison of Habakkuk 2:2.3–2:6.2 and 1:12–17
 5 Comparison of Habakkuk 2:2.3–2:6.2 and 1:5–11
 6 Conclusions

5 Habakkuk 2:6.3–2:20 (Part One)
 1 Introduction
 2 Analysis: Habakkuk 2:6.3–2:8.2
 3 Analysis: Habakkuk 2:9.1–2:11.2
 4 Analysis: Habakkuk 2:12.1–2:14.1
 5 Analysis: Habakkuk 2:15.1–2:17.2
 6 Analysis: Habakkuk 2:18–20
 7 Comparison of the Woe Oracles
 8 Conclusions

6 Habakkuk 2:6.3–2:20 (Part Two)
 1 Introduction
 2 Global Analysis of the Woe Oracles as a Unit
 3 Comparison of the Woe Oracles and YHWH’s Speech in Hab 2:2.3–2:6.2
 4 Comparison of the Woe Oracles and Habakkuk’s Speech in Hab 1:12–17
 5 Comparison of the Woe Oracles and YHWH’s Speech in Hab 1:5–11
 6 Conclusions

7 Habakkuk 3 (Part One)
 1 Introduction
 2 Analysis: Habakkuk 3:2–19
 3 Conclusions

8 Habakkuk 3 (Part Two)
 1 Introduction
 2 Comparison of Hab 3:2–19 with the Woe Oracles
 3 Comparison of Hab 3 with YHWH’s Speech in Hab 2:2.3–2:6.2
 4 Comparison between Habakkuk’s Speeches in 1:12–17 and 3:2–19
 5 Comparison between Habakkuk’s First Speech (1:2–4) and Final Prayer (3:2–19)
 6 Conclusions

9 Conclusions
 1 Introduction
 2 Review of Conclusions
 3 The Register and Context of Situation of Habakkuk
 4 Possibilities for Future Research

Appendix A: Mode Charts

Appendix B: Field Charts

Appendix C: Tenor Charts

Bibliography
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors
All interested in Habakkuk, the Book of the Twelve, and the use of linguistics in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible.