Habakkuk with Heath Thomas

Dr. Heath Thomas (Oklahoma Baptist University) guides us through Habakkuk. We discuss:

  • The historical context of Habakkuk
  • The following major themes: divine judgment and the use of foreign nations to execute God’s judgment; the significance of payer and praise; divine and human faithfulness
  • God using a foreign nation to discipline his people (1:6), and Habakkuk’s complaint against God doing this (1:13)
  • The vision that Habakkuk is to write down (2:2)
  • The meaning of Habakkuk 2:4: “the just will live by his faith”
  • The divine theophany in which God touches down to earth and marches through the wilderness to rescue his people (3:1–15)

Works by Dr. Heath Thomas

  • A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation. Edited with C. Bartholomew. Baker Academic, 2016
  • Faith Amid the Ruins: The Book of Habakkuk. Lexham Press, 2016
  • Poetry & Theology in the Book of Lamentations: The Aesthetics of an Open Text. Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013
  • Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem. Edited by Heath Thomas et al. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013

Heath Thomas Recommends

  • The works of Umberto Eco 
  • Makoto Fujimura, Art and Faith: A Theology of Making. Yale University Press, 2020


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This episode is co-sponsored by Samford University and the Alabama Humanities Alliance, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Alabama Humanities Alliance, the National Endowment for the Humanities or Samford University.