Personality Profile: Nahum
1:1 Name means: “Compassionate.”
Home: Elkosh, possibly a city in southern Judah, though other locations have been suggested.
Occupation: Prophet of the Lord.
Best known today for: Prophesying the downfall of Nineveh, capital of the Assyrian empire. His oracle (Nah. 1:1) was given sometime after the fall of the Egyptian city of Thebes (c. 663 a.d.; “No Amon,” 3:8), and was fulfilled when a coalition of Babylonians, Scythians, and Medes overran Nineveh (c. 612 a.d.) and reduced it to rubble.
Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Nah 1.3). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Fulfillments of Nahum’s Prophecies
The Rulers and Prophets of Nahum's Time
Served as a prophet to Judah from 663-612 B.C.
1) NINEVEH'S JUDGE (1:1-15)
2) NINEVEH'S JUDGMENT (2:1-3:19)
Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire, is the subject of Nahum's prophecy. The news of its coming destruction was a relief for Judah, who was subject to Assyrian domination. No longer would Judah be forced to pay tribute as insurance against invasions. Judah was comforted to know that God was still in control. Nineveh is an example to all rulers and nations on the world today. God is sovereign over even those who are seemingly invincible. We can be confident that God's power justice will one day conquer all evil.