Book of Jonah


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 BC–c.746 BC) 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.

See studies by L. C. Allen (1978), D. Stuart (1987), and J. M. Sasson (1990). See also bibliography under Old Testament.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Book of Jonah: Selected full-text books and articles

Jonah in the Shadows of Eden By Yitzhak Berger Indiana University Press, 2016
Jonah: A Psycho-Religious Approach to the Prophet By Andre Lacocque; Pierre-Emmanuel Lacocque University of South Carolina Press, 1990
Jonah: The Conscientious Objector By Bakon, Shimon Jewish Bible Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 2, April 2009
Jonah, the Reluctant Prophet: Prophecy and Allegory By Blumenthal, Fred Jewish Bible Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 2, April 2007
On the Meaning of the Book of Jonah By Stern, Philip Midstream, Vol. 50, No. 6, September-October 2004
Jonah, the Miserable Prophet By Stern, Philip Midstream, Vol. 57, No. 4, Fall 2011
Jonah's Journey By Zucker, David Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought, Vol. 44, No. 3, Summer 1995
The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible By Gordon D. Fee; Robert L. Hubbard Jr William B. Eerdmans, 2011
Librarian's tip: "Jonah" begins on p. 466
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