The Literary Structure of Nahum

This literary structure/outline comes from Robert B. Chisholm Jr. in Handbook on the Prophets:

A - Assyrian king taunted/Judah urged to celebrate (1:2-15)

    B - Dramatic call to alarm (2:1-10)

          C - Taunt (2:11-12)

               D - Announcement of judgment (2:13)

                    X - Woe oracle (3:1-4)

                D’ - Announcement of judgment (3:5-7)

           C’ - Taunt (3:8-13)

     B’ - Dramatic call to alarm (3:14-17)

A’ - Assyrian king taunted as others celebrate (3:18-19)


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