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Heidegger's Bible Handbook: Nahum: Detailed Outline

6.  It has two parts:  I.  The judgment of God against Nineveh (Nahum 1; 2).  II.  Reasons for the destruction of Nineveh (Nahum 3).  A Synoptic Table of the book, and its Interpreters, Ancient, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic.

Now, since the Prophecy principally weaves together two things, First, the destruction or punishment of Nineveh (Nahum 1; 2); Second, the cause of the same, namely, the sins of Nineveh (Nahum 3):  the book is able to be set forth in a twofold division.


I.  The judgment of God against Nineveh, Chapters 1; 2.  See:

1.  A general address of the Prophet concerning the wrath and vengeance of God, to be exercised in every age towards the disobedient.  In which there is a vivid description of divine judgment and vengeance, which brings inevitable doom and destruction upon the impious, Bashan, and Carmel (verses 1-6), and thus for the pious results in good (verse 7); and also the certainty of the same destruction from a flood overrunning its place, and the implicated wickedness of all, and the departure of the man of Belial from that place (verses 8-11):  chapter 1:1-11.

2.  The judgment of God against the King of Nineveh and the city:  chapters 1:12-2:13.  See:

a.  God’s judgment against Sennacherib, upon whom is denounced a breaking of the yoke and an inglorious death:  chapter 1:12-14.

b.  Against Nineveh, in which, with a promise set down first of the restoration of worship in Judah (Nahum 1:15-2:2), and with an unfolding of calamities preceding that restoration (verses 3-7), the final destruction of Nineveh is described and magnified (verses 8-13):  chapters 1:15-2:13.

II.  The causes of the destruction of Nineveh, Chapter 3.

In which the causes of that destruction, for the heaping up of wealth and the study of idolatry, are set forth (verses 1-4), in such a way that on account of them is again denounce against her as a harlot the punishment of nakedness (verses 5-7), with the judgment executed against No brough in for comparison (verses 8-11); and all the protections upon which Nineveh was depending are shattered together (verses 12-19):  chapter 3.

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