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Summary of Nahum

Date: 6th Century B.C.E.

Description: The double title of the book of of Nahum points to its main characteristics. It is a written prophetic book associated with Nahum. It is also, in the main, a pronouncement against Nineveh. From the readers' viewpoint Nineveh was both a historical city, the capital of the Assyrian empire, and a symbol of a sinful, overbearing, exceedingly oppresĀ­sive political structure which was totally destroyed and never rebuilt.

Brettler, Marc Zvi The Jewish Study Bible, The Jewish Publication Society, 1999

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