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Nahum, Book of
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The prophet Nahum came from Elkosh (site unknown). He was active between the capture of Thebes (or No-Amon, see 3:8) by the Assyrians in 664/663 b.c. and the fall of Nineveh in 612. The essential content of his book is intimation of the collapse of Assyria and of future salvation for Israel (§1). These themes and the liturgical forms used are generally taken to suggest that Nahum was a Jerusalem cult prophet.

The work begins with a fragmentary acrostic psalm (1:2–8) that Nahum himself, it is widely thought, did not perhaps formulate. After a word of comfort for Juda…

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Thiel, Winfried, “Nahum, Book of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 01 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N6>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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