Nahum and the Greek Tradition on Nineveh’s Fall

Aron Pinker


Greek tradition does not provide consistent and reliable
evidence that an unusual inundation contributed to the fall of Nineveh. The
Babylonian chronicles do not mention such an extraordinary event nor have
archaeological excavations at Nineveh produced any evidence in support of such
notion. Nineveh’s topography precludes the possibility of significant flooding
by the Khosr canal. The various verses in Nahum that have been construed as
supporting flooding in Nineveh find a reasonable figurative interpretation
within a contextual scheme that does not involve flooding. The notion that
Nineveh was captured through flooding should be discarded.

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