Thursday, June 04, 2015

Kever Nahum Threatened by ISIS

Almost exactly a year ago, when ISIS took over Mosul, I noted how the looting of Nineveh (Mosul) was prophesied by Nahum Hanavi.

Now, it seems his Kever, which is 50km away from Mosul, is being threatened by them: – The Islamic State terror group’s offensive in Iraq is now threatening to take the northern Iraqi village of Alqosh, which is home to an ancient Jewish synagogue that contains the tomb of the Prophet Nahum the Elkoshite.

The 2,600-year-old site lies just 10 miles from the front lines of the Islamic State, which has been battling the Western-backed Kurdish Peshmerga forces for control of the area.

Nahum is a minor prophet in the Hebrew Bible who prophesied the end of the Assyrian Empire and its capital city of Nineveh in the 7th century BCE. Little is known about the prophet’s personal life, but “the Elkoshite” may have referenced the town he was from, which some associate with modern-day Alqosh, where his tomb lies.
Continue reading at The Algemeiner.

See also Wikipedia on Kever Nahum.

UPDATE: See also the Forward for an article about someone who very recently visited the Kever.  Interestingly, it says there:
In earlier times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage holiday. For centuries, Jews from far and wide used to travel to the synagogue in the beautiful mountain town of Al-Qosh for more than a week, celebrating and reading the books of Ruth and Nahum, enacting the post-apocalyptic War of Gog and Magog on a nearby hill, and rejoicing with great fanfare.


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