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

Literary Features.

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Disagreements regarding the material that would have constituted the ‘original’ Nahum also relate to discussions of the book's genre. Those who maintain that the semi-acrostic in 1:2–8 was composed for, or incorporated early into, the book often attribute it to cultic circles. The tone and vocabulary of Nahum also indicate affinities with the Oracle against the Nations genre utilized by other prophets. A succinct discussion of the history of scholarship on Nahum is found in Mason (1991 ).

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Despite its textual difficulties, Nahum manifests evident literary skill. Its acrostic—whether original or not—demonstrates literary playfulness. Assonance, alliteration, repetition, and wide-ranging metaphors abound.

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