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Hab 2:3-4 In The Hebrew Tradition And In The Septuagint, With Its Reception In The New Testament

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Hab 2:3-4 LXX consists of two parts: 1) V. 3: the prediction of a vision and of the καιρός which will surely come; 2) V. 4: we find two different reactions to this prediction. The one is arrogant and does not trust in God's promise, the other one is faithful and will live by his faith in God. There is no Messianic interpretation of the Hebrew text of Hab in the LXX. Instead we find the motif of eschatological measurement. Not ὁ ἐρχόμενος but the καιρός is the subject. This καιρός will come and not delay. In Hebrews we find a christological reading of Hab 2:3 and an ecclesiological reading of v. 4. Through the inversion of the two parts of the verse in Heb 10 in contrast to Hab 2 the different reactions are emphasised.

Keywords: Hab 2:3-4; Hebrew Tradition; New Testament; Septuagint



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