Habakkuk is the eighth of the "minor prophets" whose works are collected at the end of the Old Testament. His portraits appear mainly in groups of prophets.
In Vulgate Daniel 14:33-49, Habakkuk is in Judea preparing a bowl of bread and potage for "the reapers" when an angel commands him to take the bowl to Daniel in the lions' den in Babylon. Habakkuk has no idea how to get to that city, so the angel grabs him by the hair and whisks him off to Daniel. Habakkuk's service is remembered in several paleo-Christian sarcophagi (see the first picture at right), and occasionally in medieval and later works.
Prepared in 2020 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University, revised 2020-06-11.