Author: “The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite” (1:1). Nahum either wrote the prophecies or dictated them to another.
Date: Sometime between 663 and 612 BC.
In Ten Words or Less: Powerful, wicked Nineveh will fall before God’s judgment.
Details: Woe to the bloody city!” Nahum cries (3:1). Nineveh, capital of the brutal Assyrian Empire, has been targeted for judgment by God Himself, who will “make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock” (3:6) for sins of idolatry and cruelty. Nahum’s prophecy comes true when the Babylonian Empire overruns Nineveh in 612 BC.
From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.