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Prophet Nahum’s tomb threatened by Islamic State advance

June 04, 2015

Forces of the Islamic State are ten miles away from Alqosh, a largely Chaldean Catholic town that is the site of what is believed to be Nahum’s tomb.

The Old Testament prophet’s tomb is located in a former synagogue. When Alqosh’s Jews emigrated in 1949 amid persecution, they entrusted the tomb to a Christian whose grandson cares for the tomb today.

“I’m not sure how long my family will continue to stay in Iraq; we want to leave, most of the Christians want to leave,” Asir Salaam Shajaa told an Israeli newspaper. “My brother says he will stay, though ... It will stay in the family, God willing.”


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