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Jonah, Book of
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The Book of Jonah is the only part of the Minor Prophets that consists of a prophet story in which a psalm (2:1–9) has been inserted. The work tells of the prophet’s attempt to evade a divine commission, the miraculous way in which God brought him back, his proclamation of judgment upon Nineveh, the penitence of Nineveh, which moves God to withhold his judgment, and the anger of Jonah that God spared the city upon its conversion, to which God responds with instruction.

The main character, Jonah, is taken from a note in 2 Kgs. 14:25, referring to a prophet who proclaimed a message of salvation in th…

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Thiel, Winfried, “Jonah, Book of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_J203>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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