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Commentary on Nahum

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1.1 : Title.

Nineveh: see Introduction. Nahum means “comforteo.” The location of Elkosh is unknown.

1.2–11 : Turbulence, oppression, and revenge are rampant.

An across; see Introduction. The imagery is cosmic in character (e.g. whirlwind, storm, sea, earth, flood, darkness); the victory over the unnamed but universal enemy is also in a cosmic setting.

4 :

Bashan: east of the Jordan. Carmel: a mountain range on the northern coast. Lebanon: mountains northwest of Canaan. All three places were notably fertile.

6 :

Fire and rocks dislodged: frequent images of the LORD's appearance (see e.g. Mic. 1.4 ).

9–11 :

Wicked counsellor: obscure; probably no specific individual is meant, unless it is Sennacherib, as some interpreters would have it.

1.12–15; 2.2 : No more shall Israel and Judah be overrun.

12 :

Judah was Assyria's vassal from about 734 until into Josiah's reign (640–609 B.C.E.).

15 :

There on the mountains: compare Isa. 52.7 . Pilgrim-feasts: the three yearly festivals of Exod. 23.14–17; 34.23 .

2.2 :

Here, as elsewhere, the restoration of Israel, exiled after being overrun in 721 B.C.E., is predicted.

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