This work represents a significant breakthrough in the study of Hebrew prosody with important implications for understanding the formation of the canon of the Hebrew Bible. Duane Christensen, a renowned biblical scholar, offers a detailed analysis of the Hebrew text of Nahum and demonstrates the intricate literary structure and high poetic quality of the work.
Nahum is a book about God’s justice and portrays God as strong, unyielding, and capable of great anger. This view of God’s nature stands in contrast to that found in Jonah, another book in the section of the Hebrew Bible known as the Book of the 12 Prophets, which presents God as “compassionate, gracious . . . [and] abounding in steadfast love.” Christensen shows how Nahum and Jonah present complementary aspects of God’s nature, each essential for an understanding of the divine being.
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- Offers original translations, including alternative translations, annotations, and variants
- Provides verse-by-verse commentary on the text
- Presents the reader with historical background, including analysis of authorship and dating
- Features an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature
- Heading (1:1)
- The Psalm of Nahum: YHWH’s Vengeance (1:1–10)
- The Defeat of Belial (1:11–14)
- The Sack of Nineveh (2:1–11 [1:15–2:10])
- Dirge on the Lions’ Den (2:11–14 [10–13])
- First Taunt: Nineveh’s Shame Will Be Seen by the Nations (3:1–7)
- Second Taunt: Like Thebes, Nineveh Will Be Sacked (3:8–13)
- The Locust Dirge: An Image of Imminent Ruin (3:14–19)
Praise for the Print Edition
Readers of this remarkable commentary get more than one would expect from a commentary on one of the Minor Prophets. They receive a thorough introduction in the rules of the logoprosodic method and a fully worked out application of these rules in the analysis of this prophetic book.
—Klaas Spronk, Old Testament studies, Protestant Theological University, Kampen, the Netherlands
About Duane L. Christensen
Duane L. Christensen is former professor of Old Testament languages and literature, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. He is president of BIBAL Corporation.