The lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies. Do we ever reach a point that we cannot be forgiven nahum 3. The author of this remarkably literary book is probably nahum. Meaning, origin and history of the name nahum behind the. Opinions concerning the religious significance of the book of nahum may differ, but from the standpoint of language and style all students assign to nahum an exalted place among the prophetpoets of the ancient hebrews.
A hebrew prophet of the seventh century bc who predicted the fall of nineveh. It is not uncommon in the mishna, and it has been discovered in phoenician inscriptions. Nahum, who penned this book, was a relative unknown. From the first meaning comes the translation burden, or load. The book of definition and meaning bible dictionary. The meaning of nahums name, consoler, plays an important role in the. Book of nahum, the seventh of 12 old testament books that bear the names of the minor prophets grouped together as the twelve in the jewish canon. The lords anger against nineveh the lord is a jealous and avenging god. Nahum definition, a minor prophet of the 7th century b. About a hundred years before, at jonahs preaching, the ninevites repented, and were spared, yet, soon after, they became worse than ever. Proper usage and audio pronunciation plus ipa phonetic transcription of the word nahum. The ethnonym elkoshite occurs only once in the bible and is a bit of a mystery. Information about nahum in the dictionary, synonyms and antonyms. Book of nahum bible survey what are the major prophets and minor prophets.
Its ascribed to nahum the elkoshite, who wrote the book of nahum, and would technically denote someone from elkosh no place called elkosh is mentioned in the bible, but there is a town called capernaum, and that name means village of nahum. While scholars have proposed a number of theories about nahum s hometown, elkosh, the best option identifies it with a city in southern judah that later came to be known as elcesi, near where the prophet micah lived. Nothing is known about him except his hometown elkosh, and even its general location is uncertain. Introduction as i come to each new book and chapter of the bible, some folk kid me that i always say it is the greatest book or chapter. The book contains the vision of nahum, whose name means comfort and is related to the name nehemiah, meaning the lord comforts or comfort of the lord. The only mention in scripture of nahum the elkoshite occurs in the first verse of his own book. The lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble. All we know of him is recorded in the book of his prophecies. Nahum definition is a hebrew prophet of the seventh century b. Nahum intro to nahum biblica the international bible society.
The author of the book of nahum identifies himself as nahum in the hebrew consoler or comforter the elkoshite 1. Nahum can be identified as prophecy based on nahum 1. One such theory is that it refers to the city later called capernaum which literally means the village of nahum at the sea of galilee. The phrase good tidings in the verse quoted above has the same meaning as the words gospel or good news. He wrote about the end of the assyrian empire, and its capital city, nineveh, in a vivid poetic style. His book comes in chronological order between micah and habakkuk in the bible. Book of nahum synonyms, book of nahum pronunciation, book of nahum translation, english dictionary definition of book of nahum. The book of nahum contains a prophecy that nineveh, the capital of assyria, would. Here nahum enters on his special subject, for which the previous verses have prepared the waynamely, to assure his people of safety in yahweh under the impending attack of sennacherib nahum 1. Ninevehs fall, which is nahum s theme, would bring comfort to judah. There are many dates assigned to this book and this prophet. Yet the bible is a book of hope for the future when the prince of peace will secure lasting peace among all peoples and nations isaiah 9. Its purpose is to pronounce the final warning and judgment upon nineveh, and he also. One of the options is the town better known as capernaum meaning village of nahum, but that remains contested.
Book of nahum overview insight for living ministries. Below are scriptures in nahum that refer to endtime events. The book of nahum was likely written between 633 and 612 b. Nahum an old testament book telling nahums prophecy of the fall of nineveh. It means consolation, or consoler, and is therefore, in a sense. Book of nahum definition of book of nahum by the free. Most scholars believe nahum s prophecy began about 620 b. Why did god judge nineveh so harshly in the book of nahum.
It is attributed to the prophet nahum, and was probably written in. Proper usage and audio pronunciation plus ipa phonetic transcription of the word book of nahum. The significance of the writing prophets was not their personal lives. Davis gives the meaning for capernaum as the village of nahum.
Title the books title is taken from the prophet of gods oracle against nineveh, the capital of assyria. The book of the vision as prophets were of old called seers, so their prophecies were called visions. Nahum means comfort or consolation and is a short form of nehemiah comfort of yahweh. Nahum synonyms, nahum pronunciation, nahum translation, english dictionary definition of nahum. It is of course perfectly possible that elkosh was renamed capernaum in. The books title is taken from the prophetofgods oracle against nineveh, the capital of assyria. Very candidly, i must say that the little book of nahum is not the greatest in the bible, but it is a great book, and it is in the word of god for a very definite purpose.
Nahum is the author of this prophesies and name means comfort or consolation and is a short form of nehemiah comfort of yahweh. He was raised up to preach gods judgment for a second time to nineveh. Nahum means comfort or consolation and is a short form of nehemiah comfort of yahwe. Nahum opened his prophecy by announcing that the lord is a jealous god, who takes vengeance on his enemies and is fierce in his anger. The book of nahum is prophecy concerning the city of nineveh and reveals a powerful message about gods care for his elect.
The book of jonah reveals a time in history when summary of nahum. The prophets name means comfort, and his word of comfort is for judah, the lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and he knoweth them that trust in him nahum 1. The book of nahum is the seventh book of the 12 minor prophets of the hebrew bible. The lord takes revenge against his foes and is furious with his adversaries. Nahum definition and meaning collins english dictionary. Nahum 1, new international version niv the bible app. Information and translations of book of nahum in the most comprehensive dictionary definitions resource on the web. Nahum summary we have detailed a brief summary of the book of nahum for bible study or sunday school lessons. The book s title is taken from the prophetofgods oracle against nineveh, the capital of assyria. He was probably a native of galilee, and after the deportation of the ten tribes took up his residence in jerusalem. If capernaum is a hebrew word, then this is the evident origin. It is attributed to the prophet nahum, and was probably written in jerusalem in the 7th century bc. The lords willingness to send nahum, whose name means comfort, into such a hopeless situation evidences his unrelenting and overwhelming grace.
Nahum, gods oracle against nineveh, destruction in 612 bc. Christ in all the scriptures a m hodgkin the destruction of nineveh is the one burden of nahum. The first known use of nahum was in the 14th century. Book of nahum an old testament book telling nahums prophecy of the fall of nineveh nahum old testament the collection of books comprising the. Thus, background information about the prophet from within the.36 1483 896 195 25 310 1209 563 1331 983 1111 1124 626 617 529 1498 302 242 46 722 288 718 811 790 121 566 427 155 880 43 282 160 835 65 51 108