Prophet Habbakuk

Regio: Russia
Periode: Ca. 1600
Afmeting: 72,5 x 49,5 cm


The prophet Habakkuk is the eighth of the Twelve Minor Prophets of the Old Testament or Tanakh. Habakkuk lived around 650 B.C and the eponymous book of the Bible is attributed to him. Because the last chapter of the book of Habakkuk is a song, some scholars assume that he was a member of the tribe of Levi, who served as musicians in the Temple of Solomon. In ‘Bel and the Dragon’, an apocryphal chapter to the book of Daniel, Habakkuk is being carried by an angel to bring Daniel food when he was kept in the lion’s den.

This particular icon was part of a ‘prophet tier’ of an iconostasis, which consists of an icon of the Mother of God of the Sign, flanked by icons of the Old Testament prophets and patriarchs. The prophet’s head is slightly bowed and he holds an open scroll in his hands.