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

Theological Concerns.

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Engendering perhaps even more discussion, however, is what readers are to make of a book dominated by anger and violence. While late nineteenth-century commentators lambasted the book's bloodthirsty celebration of revenge, mid-twentieth-century scholars attempted to vindicate the book, by arguing (1) that a god who did not punish evildoers would not be a good god; and/ or (2) that the book's final form reframes the original celebration of revenge into a call for celebration of God's universal sovereignty. Recent feminist critiques have found these latter rationalizations of the deity's behaviour in Nahum unsatisfying and have pointedly focused attention on the graphic sexual violence of Nah 3 , directly attributed to YHWH the Divine Warrior.

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