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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

Redaction.

Most commentators have attributed the book's disjointedness to an extensive redactional history. Several clues indicate editing. The semi-acrostic in 1:2–8 bears little connection to the rest of the material but does serve to offer the book a more universal frame, shifting the exclusive attention on the downfall of Nineveh to a larger vision of God's awesome power. Numerous links with other parts of the prophetic corpus, especially Deutero-Isaiah, suggest a late exilic or perhaps post-exilic editing. Given Nahum's catchword connections to Micah and Habakkuk (which envelope it in the canon) (see Nogalski 1993 ), redaction may have been undertaken with an eye to the book's canonical placement. Clearly, a book so focused on a single enemy would need to be generalized in some way for later generations to appropriate its message.

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