Nahum’s name means “comfort” or “consolation,” a shortened form of Nehemiah, which means “the comfort (or consolation) of Jehovah.” Little is known about Nahum apart from his powerful prophecy and his identification as “the Elkoshite.” There are three basic theories regarding the location of Elkosh: (1) an Assyrian city “al-Kush” on the Tigris River not far from Nineveh; (2) Capernaum, the well-known city in the northern kingdom, whose name was changed in honor of Nahum; (3) a city of uncertain location in the southern kingdom. If the reference is to a city in Assyria, it would indicate Nahum’s family had been part of the Assyrian deportation at the fall of Samaria (722 BC), thus giving him northern roots. Identifying the significance of “the Elkoshite” conclusively is not crucial to the interpretation of the message.

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ByJustus Musinguzi

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