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Nahum: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Christensen, Duane L.

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009 pp. xxxiv + 423. $65.00

Series Information
The Anchor Yale Bible, 24F

Description: This volume represents a significant breakthrough in the study of Hebrew prosody with important implications for understanding the formation of the canon of the Hebrew Bible. Duane Christensen, a renowned biblical scholar, offers a detailed analysis of the Hebrew text of Nahum and demonstrates the intricate literary structure and high poetic quality of the work. Nahum is a book about Godís justice and portrays God as strong, unyielding, and capable of great anger. This view of Godís nature stands in contrast to that found in Jonah, another book in the section of the Hebrew Bible known as the Book of the Twelve Prophets, which presents God as ďcompassionate, gracious . . . [and] abounding in steadfast love.Ē Christensen shows how Nahum and Jonah present complementary aspects of Godís nature, each essential for an understanding of the divine being.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Literature, Nahum

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Review by Klaas Spronk
Published 3/20/2010
Citation: Klaas Spronk, review of Duane L. Christensen, Nahum: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2010).

Review by Donatella Scaiola
Published 7/16/2011
Citation: Donatella Scaiola, review of Duane L. Christensen, Nahum: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2011).

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