What is the book of Nahum about? On today’s podcast and post were going to overview the book Nahum. Nahum’s name means comforter and that is the theme of this book. As strange as that sounds, this book is about the coming destructive judgment on the Assyrian empire. The Assyrians had already conquered the Northern kingdom of Israel and they were oppressing the southern kingdom of Judah. God used Nahum to speak to his people on the coming destruction of the Assyrians and their capital Nineveh.
Nahum prophesied during the reigns of Manasseh, Amon, and Josiah. Other prophets who lived and ministered during the days of Nahum were Zephaniah, Jeremiah and Habakkuk. Nahum’s ministry took place sometime after the fall of the Egyptian city of Thebes in 663 B.C. and before the destruction of Nineveh in 612 B.C.
Outline of the book of Nahum
- Chapter 1 – God explains that he is a jealous God. He tells the people of Judah that he is angry with the people of Nineveh.
- Chapter 2 – God explains how He’s going to destroy the city of Nineveh.
- Chapter 3 – God explains why He is going to bring judgment on the people of Nineveh.