As covenant mediators, the Hebrew Prophets functioned primarily to declare covenant with, the judgment from, and the restoration of Yahweh. Yet, how does one recognize “covenant” in texts that omit the Hebrew term for “covenant”—berit? Mario Manuel Catalino Melendez investigates intertextuality in the Book of Habakkuk to discover three areas that demark the presence of covenant. First, Habakkuk’s historical and literary context is presented as a covenantal context. Second, the outline of Habakkuk is presented as a plea of a vassal and the response of the suzerain. Third, Habakkuk displays a network of integral covenantal elements. Thus, from his intertextual reading of Habakkuk, Melendez offers a means of recognizing covenant in prophetic texts that do not mention berit.
Covenant Evocations in Habakkuk: An Exploration of Intertextuality
Mario Manuel Catalino Melendez holds the Auguie Henry Chair of Old Testament and Biblical Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University. Mario is an active participant in the Hispanic Theological Educators section of the Evangelical Bible Society. He has been a multi-ethnic ministry consultant in English, Asian, and Hispanic churches in Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. His research interests include biblical backgrounds, linguistic acquisition, and multiethnic ministry.