The Prophet Habakkuk: The Iconography
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. This episode is remembered in several paleo-Christian sarcophagi.
Detail from a 4th-century sarcophagus. Habakkuk brings a bowl of bread and potage to Daniel in the lions' den. (See the description page. For more examples of Habakkuk and Daniel see the page for Daniel.)

Prepared in 2020 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University.

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A stairway in Seville's Hospital de los Venerable Sacerdotes is hung with several portraits of prophets, including Habakkuk. (See the description page.)


Habakkuk is portrayed among several dozen other prophets and Old Testament personages on the ceiling of the nave at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Venice. (See the description page.)

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