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NAHUM NOTES From: Nahum is from the village of Elkosh which is believed to be somewhere in the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Other Personal Info: Not much, other than hometown, is known about the prophet Nahum. Some scholars believe Nahum to be raised on a farm. His writing style points to Nahum being somewhat cultured. Prophesied during the reign of…. Since the exact date of Nahum’s prophecy is unknown, it could have fallen during a few different kings. For Judah, it is believed to have occurred during the reign of Josiah, however, it is also possible that Amon or Manasseh were in power. For Assyria, it is commonly thought to have occurred during the reign of Ashurbanipal, but may have fallen to Sinsharishkun. Approximate Date: The book mentions multiple dated events that we know. First, it references the fall of the Egyptian city Thebes in 663. It predicts the fall of the Assyrian capital of Nineveh in 612. Therefore we know that Nahum’s prophecy had to occur at some point in between these
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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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