Death, Slavery and Victory
A study in Nahum

  1. Both Nahum 3:5-7 and 2 Cor 2:14-17 picture victory processions (parades) in which captives are paraded naked through the street. Spectators shout insults and throw filth at the captives. Music is played. Incense is burned. In each passage, we may learn something about God. What do we learn?

  2. Quotations from Assyrian kings appear below. Connect them to Nahumís prophecies.

    ASHURNASIRPAL II (883-859 BC): I destroyed ([the towns of Luhuti]), tore down (the walls) and burned (the towns) with fire; I caught the survivors and impaled (them) on stakes in front of their towns. (ANET 276)

    SHALMANESER III (858-824): I approached the town of Pakaruhbuni (and) the towns of Ahuni, man of Adini, on the other side of the Euphrates. I defeated (his) country, turning his towns into ruins. I covered the wide plain with the corpses of his warriors: 1,300 of their battle-experienced soldiers I slew with the sword. From Pakaruhbuni I departed.... (ANET 277)

    ESARHADDON (680-669): I drove to Assyria [the people of Sidon] which could not be counted, (also) large and small cattle and donkeys. ... I caught [king Sanduarri] like a bird in his mountains and (likewise) cut off his head. (Then) I hung the heads of Saduarri and of Abdimilkutte around the neck of their nobles/chief-officials to demonstrate to the population the power of Ashur, my lord, and paraded (thus) through the wide main street of Nineveh with singers (playing on) sammu-harps. (ANET 290-291)

    ASHURBANIPAL (668-633): Tanis and of all the other towns which had associated with them to plot, they [ie, my army] did not spare anybody among (them). They hung their corpses from stakes, flayed their skins and covered (with them) the wall of the town(s). (ANET 295)