Nahum, book of


Nahum, book of
Nothing is known about the author whose book is included among the Minor Prophets, except that he was born in Elkosh; but the single theme—the fall of the Assyrian capital Nineveh (612 BCE)—permits an approximate date. The prophet is exulting about the impending doom of the empire which more than any other neighbour had heaped sufferings on Judah and its northern relation Israel; but one section at the end (3:18–19) is a tauntsong which seems to be celebrating the news that Nineveh has already just fallen. These verses might therefore have been added by an editor to the earlier part of the book which anticipates the fall. The mention of the fall of Thebes (663 BCE) gives the earliest possible date of composition. The revolt of King Manasseh and his subsequent pardon (2 Chron. 33) suggests a weakening of Assyria and a climate in which Nahum with his powerful images celebrating God's vengeance over Judah's merciless foe would have escaped retribution.

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