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NAHUM

A book of the Old testament written about 660 B.C. by an author who calls himself Elkosh, or the Elcesite. The prophet was probably a Judaean. Israel had already been destroyed, Judah humbled, and King Mannasseh probably a prisoner in Assyria (II Chronicles 33). To console the Chosen People, Nahum foretells the fall of Nineveh, hence the open line, "Oracle on Nineveh, Book of the Vision of Elkosh."

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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