Unformatted text preview: events. Contemporaries: Nahum was a contemporary of Zephaniah and Jeremiah. Historical Context: The Assyrian Empire was growing and every nation within the fertile crescent had to take note. The Assyrians were particularly ruthless and brutal, known to not only execute, but torture and mutilate opposing leaders. A common practice was to deport conquered peoples to other parts of the empire. The Northern Kingdom of Israel had already fallen and the South was under attack. Prophesied to: Some words are addressed to Judah, but most are to Nineveh and its King. The book however was made for Judahite readers. Themes: The focal point of the book is God’s judgment on Nineveh for their wickedness. God is shown to have great anger and wrath towards his enemies. Despite his wrath, God is also shown to good and caring to those who trust him. He exalts Israel while condemning Judah....
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- Fertile Crescent, Nahum, NAHUM NOTES, prophet Nahum