Jonah


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Jonah

(jō`nə), prophetic book of the Bible. It tells the story of a prophet called by God to preach repentance to the city of Nineveh. According to the Second Book of Kings, Jonah lived during the reign (c.786 B.C.–c.746 B.C.) of Jeroboam II. In the story, Jonah flees because he does not want Nineveh to be spared and knows that God is likely to forgive its people if they repent. The book summons post-exilic Israel not to forget God's intention to bless the world through God's people. Allusions to the story occur in the New Testament, where it serves to prefigure the resurrection of Jesus.

Bibliography

See studies by L. C. Allen (1978), D. Stuart (1987), and J. M. Sasson (1990). See also bibliography under Old TestamentOld Testament,
Christian name for the Hebrew Bible, which serves as the first division of the Christian Bible (see New Testament). The designations "Old" and "New" seem to have been adopted after c.A.D.
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Jonah

delivered from fish’s belly after three days. [O.T.: Jonah 1, 2]
See: Escape

Jonah

trying to escape God, brought tempest to sea. [O.T.: Jonah 1:4–12]

Jonah

saved from drowning in belly of great fish. [O.T.: Jonah 1:17]
See: Rescue

Jonah

, Jonas
Old Testament
a. a Hebrew prophet who, having been thrown overboard from a ship in which he was fleeing from God, was swallowed by a great fish and vomited onto dry land
b. the book in which his adventures are recounted
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