noun \ˈnā-əm, -həm\

Definition of NAHUM

:  a Hebrew prophet of the seventh century b.c.
:  a prophetic book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture — see bible table

Origin of NAHUM

Hebrew Naḥūm

Rhymes with NAHUM


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(flourished late 7th century BC) One of the 12 Minor Prophets in the Bible, traditional author of the book of Nahum. (His prophecy is part of a larger book, The Twelve, in the Jewish canon.) The prophet Nahum is identified only as a resident of Elkosh. His subject is the collapse of the Assyrian empire and the fall of its capital, Nineveh (612 BC), which he views as a demonstration of God's desire to punish the wickedness of the Assyrians, Israel's longtime enemies.


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