Study questions, maps, charts, outlines, and links to help you study the Old Testament book of Nahum.
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- Nahum means “comfort” or “consolation” and is a short form of Nehemiah (“comfort of Yahweh”).
- There is no mention of any kings in the introduction, so the date of Nahum’s prophecy must be implied by historical data.
- The message of judgment against Nineveh portrays a nation of strength, indicating a time prior to her fall in 612 BC and probably before the death of Ashurbanipal in 626 BC, after which Assyria’s power fell rapidly.
- Nahum mentions the fall of Thebes in 663 BC (Nahum 3:8–10) at the hands of Ashurbanipal, which appears to be recent, suggesting a date during the reign of Manasseh (ca. 695–642 BC; cf. 2 Kings 21:1–18).
- In 612 BC the Tigris River overflowed its banks and destroyed part of Nineveh’s wall. As a result, the Babylonians invaded through the breach, plundered and burned the city.
- Battle of Nineveh (Wikipedia)
- 1:1-15 – Nineveh’s doom declared
- 2:1-13 – Nineveh’s doom described
- 3:1-19 – Nineveh’s doom deserved
Genre: Understanding Prophecy
Topical Bible: Nineveh
James van dine: Analysis of Nahum
David Malick (Bible.org): An Introduction to the Book of Nahum
David Malick: An Argument of the Book of Nahum
JVernon McGee: Nahum and Habakkuk – Introductory Notes, Outlines
William Orr: Nahum – Thirty-Nine Keys to the Old Testament
Charles Swindoll: Book of Nahum Overview
JHampton Keathley: The Minor Prophets
Maps from Holman Bible Atlas
The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah
Judah Alone amid International Powers
The Persian Period
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology: Nahum, Theology of
American Tract Society: Nahum
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary: Nahum
Holman Bible Dictionary: Nahum
Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Nahum
Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Nahum
Morrish Bible Dictionary: Nahum
McClintock and Strong: Nahum
The Nuttall Encyclopedia: Nahum
The Jewish Encyclopedia: Nahum
1911 Encyclopedia Britannica: Nahum
Commentaries & Study Bibles
Ligionier.org Top 5 Commentaries: Nahum
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Commentary Reviews: Nahum
Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible: Nahum
Matthew Henry: Nahum
Albert Barnes Notes: Nahum
Reformation Study Bible Notes: Nahum
Geneva Study Bible: Nahum
Precept Austin Commentaries & Sermons: Nahum