Book of Nahum
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The book of Nahum is a book of the Old Testament that contains prophecy about the destruction of Nineveh because of the sinful ways of its people. Nineveh was the capital of the great and flourishing Assyrian empire, and it was only 100 or so years earlier that the people had repented after warnings from Jonah. Nahum's writings could be taken as prophecy or as history. One account suggests that his writings are a prophecy written in about 615 BC, just before the downfall of Assyria, while another account suggests that he wrote this passage as a New Year liturgy for the autumn festival just after the downfall in 612 BC. The book also provided comfort for the people of Israel showing them that God was still in control and could fight for his people.