Book of jonah, the fifth of 12 old testament books that bear the names of the minor prophets, embraced in a single book, the twelve, in the jewish canon. At the end of the day, god is less concerned with what we do for him than who we are in him. We can learn from his account of his attitude and actions in response to gods call for him to go to nineveh. While jonah s time in the great fish may be the most famous part of the book of jonah, theres a lot more we can learn from this prophet. Another story from the bible that many people know of is the story of jonah and the great fish. Check out the book of jonah bible study trailer below for an overview of the study. The book of jonah also serves as bulwark against the narrow and rigid thinking of the jews, that they alone were worthy of gods blessings metzger 435. Jonah 14 new american standard bible nasb jonah s disobedience. Jeromes decision to use an analogical type of christs i am the vine, you are the branches in his woodcut saint jerome in his study. He knows the lord has been faithful to the israelites and to him as an individual. Please read our guideline on how to lead a bible study before starting. Thrower author see all 2 formats and editions hide other formats and editions.
The book of jonah preface those of you who are familiar with the story of jonah and the whale know that jonah hopped a ship heading in the opposite direction when god commanded him to go preach to the ninevites. In the new testament, no other old testament prophet is named by jesus more than the prophet jonah. He is the central figure of the book of jonah, in which he is called upon by. Nineveh was a major city in assyria, the world power of both jonah. Jonah is the fifth of the twelve prophets in the book of the twelve in hebrew scripture. Questions for discussion jonah the living word library. And jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Focused on the prophet rather than his prophecy, the story of jonah.
Book of jonah overview insight for living ministries. It concerns a disobedient prophet who rejected his divine commission, was cast. Jonah understands the lords character, his merciful history. Pfeiffer, states, it is fictiona short story with a moral like the book of ruthor the stories about daniel jonah is a perfectly good short storywith a beginning, a middle, and an endthe author of jonah. Few figures illustrate that truth better than jonah. Unlike other old testament prophetic books, jonah is not a collection of the prophets oracles but primarily a narrative about the man.
But jonah ran away from the lord and headed for tarshish. He made a booth there and sat under it in the shade, until he should see what happened to the city. Now jonah had left the city and found a place east of the city. All visitors to oxford biblical studies online can access these essays, but related. Cambron the book called by the modernists of today a fairy tale. The inclusion of the gentiles in the grace of god is a teaching found elsewhere in the old testament genesis 12. In the midst of the obscure prophecies before and after this book. The name jonah means dove in hebrew, but jonah s character is anything but dovelike. In judaism, the story of jonah represents the teaching of teshuva, which is the ability to repent and be. Jonah or jonas, in the hebrew bible tanakhold testament, is a prophet of the northern kingdom of israel in about the 8th century bce. Dive into an intriguing tale of mercy in the book of jonah. The book is replete with irony, wherein much of its humor lies.
Watch our overview video on the book of jonah, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Jonah introduction united states conference of catholic bishops. In images from jonahs stormtossed sea experiences to those in his prophetic prayer of affliction while in the lords great fish belly of hell, the book contains a. The book of jonah is one of the key readings in judaism during yom kippur, the day of atonement, which occurs on the tenth day of tishri following rosh hashanah, generally in september or early october. Through satire and compelling storytelling, the book of jonah reveals to readers. The book of jonah is a book of the neviim prophets in the hebrew bible. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for tarshish to flee from the lord jonah 1. Although the author of jonah is never identified in the book itself, jonah. It tells of a hebrew prophet named jonah son of amittai who is sent by god to prophesy the destruction of nineveh but tries to. Concern for the salvation of all people, including ones enemies, is the proper attitude for people of god. This book of jonah, though it be placed here in the midst of the prophetical books of scripture, is yet rather a history than a prophecy. As to the whale swallowing jonah, nowhere in the scriptures does it say anything about a whale it does.
Home bible studies the book of jonah questions for discussion jonah. The book of jonah is a subversive story about a rebellious prophet. The book of jonah is a subversive story about a rebellious prophet who despises his god for loving his enemies. Jonahs own telling of the story after his return from nineveh. Full text in english of the book of jonah my jewish. We sin against the spirit of the book jonah in trying to take it as real history. Jonah is the book of the bible we want to look at tonight. The writer of this article has attempted to do this in stades zeitschrift, 1892, pp.
Jonah tells us that gods grace is extended to all nations. Grace in the book of jonah sermon by wade allen, jonah 1. The book of jonah is unique among the books of the prophets. He went down to joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port.
Although the book is written in the third person, the traditional view is that jonah is the author of the book, and there is no persuasive reason to theorize about an unknown author. Jonah running f rom god jonah running f r om g od sara leo the who, me. The main theme of the book of jonah is gods sovereignty over all people and his divine plan to extend his gift of mercy and salvation beyond israel to include the gentile nations. The book of jonah sluice box adventures bible study. Jonah is the book of the bible which perhaps has been criticized more than any other. Bible study series for youth groups explores the lives of people in the bible, highlighting gods faithfulness and the. The book of jonah, or more accurately, the story of jonah is so well known that we can sometimes skip over it and ignore what the true message of the book of jonah. You can find the best commentary on jonah for you using the tools on the right side. An outline is easy to make, when we follow the four chapters in which the book is divided. Unfortunately, many christians thoughtlessly cast aspersions upon this.1493 1010 1384 1212 1204 1423 993 473 915 691 829 1458 1501 1584 808 675 926 369 973 728 405 420 251 1139 170 1253 1221 563 1300 195 1339 464 1327 132 404 769 1333 1 328 1050 582 481 1062 692 1115