Nahum’s book is a sequel to, and a dramatic contrast with, the book of Jonah. Jonah’s mission to Nineveh was probably sometime in the first half of the eighth century B.C. (700s). To Jonah’s dismay, the Ninevites listened to his message, repented, and were spared God’s judgment.
This repentance, however, did not last beyond 745 B.C., when Nineveh became the leading military power in the Near East. In 722 B.C. the Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom of Israel. Nineveh was destroyed in 612 B.C., marking the end of the Assyrian empire. 2Source
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Best Nahum Commentaries
The Twelve Prophets (Vol. 2): Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
Marvin A. Sweeney weaves together the works of the individual prophets in the multi-faceted and groundbreaking The Book of the Twelve Prophets. Each of the twelve (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi) begins with its own narrative introduction and provides details concerning the historical setting and literary characteristics of the prophet. One of the best commentaries of all time.
The Minor Prophets
Noted evangelical scholars including Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman III, F. F. Bruce, and J. Alec Motyer offer an authoritative, evangelical treatment of the minor prophets and their messages of doom and gloom. A meticulous exegesis of the Hebrew text is provided and the authors also relate the message of the ancient prophets to contemporary life in practical and meaningful ways.
Micah, Nahum, Habakkuh, Zephaniah: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture
Dr. Kenneth L. Barker – an author, lecturer, biblical scholar, and the general editor of the NIV Study Bible – writes Micah, Nahum, Habakkuh, Zephaniah: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture for The New American Commentary. Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously.
Key features include: commentary based on the new international version, sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition
The Minor Prophets: Micah-Malachi
The late James Montgomery Boice – who was senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and president and cofounder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals – wrote the inspirational Micah-Malachi commentary for The Minor Prophets two-volume series by Baker Books.
Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
The short but prophetic books Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah are written about in eloquent form by Dr. James Bruckner – professor of Old Testament at North Park Theological Seminary – for The NIV Application Commentary.
NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications. This top Jonah commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.
Nahum (Historical Commentary on the Old Testament)
Klaas Spronk writes about the book of Nahum for the Historical Commentary on the Old Testament. Originally written in Dutch, this international series of commentaries devotes meticulous attention to the history of interpretation of biblical tradition in all its stages.
Features include new translation, a section called “Essentials and Perspectives,” and exegetical surprises that frequently depart from the traditional.
The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah
O. Palmer Robertson provides a clear and thorough study of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah in this book for the New International Commentary on the Old Testament. This series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of ancient Israel.
Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions of its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources for their own study. Each volume aims to help the reader hear God’s word as clearly as possible.
The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary
Noted evangelical scholars including Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman III, F. F. Bruce, and J. Alec Motyer offer an authoritative, evangelical treatment of the minor prophets and their messages of doom and gloom.
A meticulous exegesis of the Hebrew text is provided and the authors also relate the message of the ancient prophets to contemporary life in practical and meaningful ways.
Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: An Introduction and Commentary
David Baker – Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH – writes Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: An Introduction and Commentary for the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration.
Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The original, unrevised text of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.
Micah-Malachi (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 32)
A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the author of Micah-Malachi, Volume 32 from the Word Biblical Commentary is Ralph L. Smith. Based on years of his intensive study and research, this new commentary provides excellent guidance into Micah and Malachi and fills a void in Old Testament studies.
This publishing house delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.
Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk & Zephaniah: God’s Just Demands
John L. Mackay – a highly-respected Old Testament scholar – writes Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk & Zephaniah: God’s Just Demands for Focus on the Bible. The 41 volume Focus on the Bible Commentaries are written by top evangelical scholars and pastors.
They are designed to be readable for ordinary Christians, reliable for in-depth study of the Bible, and relevant for daily Christian life. For each section of the Bible, these accessible commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture (including the intentions of the authors), the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage.
Calvin’s Commentaries (22 Volume Set)
Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.