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The Line-Acrostic In Nahum 1 New Evidence From Ancient Greek Manuscripts And From The Literary Analysis Of The Hebrew Text

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As can be derived from recent literature, the scholarly dispute about the presence of some kind of acrostic in the first chapter of the book of Nahum is far from settled. In this chapter some indications in ancient Greek manuscripts shall be used as argument in favour of the view, which is based on the literary analysis of the Hebrew text, that the scribe used a line-acrostic to indicate that the words written down are a prophecy in the name of YHWH. An argument for the given analysis of the first verses of the book of Nahum can be derived from the comparison with related texts within the collection of the Twelve Prophets. It is noted by many commentators that Nah. 1:2-3 reminds of the well known text of Exod. 34:6-7.

Keywords: Greek Manuscripts; Hebrew Text; line-acrostic; literary analysis; Nahum



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