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This volume 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 Goda€™s justice and portrays God as strong, unyielding, and capable of great anger. This view of Goda€™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 Twelve Prophets, which presents God as a€œcompassionate, gracious . . . [and] abounding in steadfast love.a€ Christensen shows how Nahum and Jonah present complementary aspects of Goda€™s nature, each essential for an understanding of the divine being. The commentary includes the most extensive bibliography published to date of works cited.One response to such criticism was to propose the theory that an existing alphabetic acrostic poem was a€œbenta€ to new ... The scribal craftsmanship displayed in the book of Nahum is a tour de force, unsurpassed elsewhere in the whole of theanbsp;...

Author: Duane L. Christensen
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2009

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