|The prophet Nahum|
|SERMONS, ESSAYS AND OPINIONS|
Nahum was a minor prophet of the Old Testament whose prophecies are recorded in the Book of Nahum. He wrote about the end of the Assyrian Empire in a vivid poetic style. Little is known about Nahum’s personal history. His name means "comforter." He was from the town of Alqosh. He was a very nationalistic Hebrew however and lived amongst the Elkoshites in peace. His 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.