Nahum’s Possible Tomb to Be Studied

Antiquities Department to renovate synagogue holding Nahum’s tomb

Azzaman (Iraq) -July 15, 2007

The Antiquities Department has included an ancient synagogue where Biblical prophet Nahum is purportedly buried in its 2008 renovation plans.

“The Antiquities Department has added the tomb of Prophet Nahum, peace be on him, to its 2008 preservation plan,” said department’s chief, Abbas al-Hussaini.

The synagogue and the tomb are situated in the northern Christian Iraqi town of al-Qoush, 40 kilometers north of Mosul

Prophet Nahum is venerated by all faiths and sects in Iraq, including Muslim Shiites and Sunnis.

“The tomb is not important to Iraqis only. It is of an international character and can turn into a tourist attraction,” said Hussaini.

The start of renovation is bound to attract considerable media interest and perhaps reveal more information about the prophet of whom the Bible says very little beyond the fact that a reference to the town of al-Qoush from which he hailed.

Scientists accompanying the renovation team will examine the tomb to determine its age. The earliest traces of the synagogue itself are believed to be more than 400 years old.

There are inscriptions and plagues of varying antiquity whose readings are certain to shed more light on the tomb and the history of Jewish community in al-Qoush.

The prophet Nahum wrote the Book of Nahum.  The Old Testament Book of Nahum consists of only three chapters and is directed towards Ninevah and Assyria.  Its end-time fulfillments would seem to do with the destruction of the Beast power in Revelation.

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