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Book of Jonah
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Named after the main character, Jonah, who is swallowed by a great fish. The book shows God’s concern and grace to all peoples. Repentance and forgiveness are significant themes. These come through in Jonah’s relationship with the Lord, in the repentance shown by those living in Nineveh, and in Yahweh’s response to their repentance.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Jonah, Book of
Jonah, Book of (יוֹנָה‎, yonah, “dove”). Named after the main character, Jonah, who is swallowed by a great fish. The book shows God’s concern and grace to all peoples. Repentance and forgiveness are significant themes. These come through in Jonah’s relationship with the Lord, in the repentance shown
Jonah, Book of, Critical Issues
Jonah, Book of, Critical Issues Reviews scholarly arguments related to the content, composition, and history of the book of Jonah, the only prose-based book in the prophetic canon and the fifth book of the Minor Prophets.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Jonah, Book of
JONAH, BOOK OF. A book of the OT/Hebrew Bible, the fifth in the collection of “Minor Prophets,” recounting the story of Jonah, son of Amittai, who was called by God to prophesy against Nineveh.The book of Jonah is one of the most familiar and popular in the Bible, yet it contains many puzzles. It is
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Jonah, Book of
Jonah, Book of. Fifth book of the 12 Minor Prophets in the traditional arrangement of the books of the OT. It is a literary narrative rather than a series of prophetic oracles, and gives the account of Jonah’s experiences after he disobeyed a command of the Lord directing him to preach to the people
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Jonah, Book of
Jonah, Book ofThe fifth book of the Minor Prophets. Only four chapters long, it has so many serious problems that a brief article can treat them only by generalizing. Since the book is so well known and so short, a knowledge of it will be presupposed in the following article. I. Structure and Unity
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Jonah, Book of
JONAH, BOOK OF Fifth book of the 12 Minor Prophets in the traditional arrangement of the books of the OT. It is a literary narrative rather than a series of prophetic oracles, and it gives the account of Jonah’s experiences after he disobeyed a command from the Lord directing him to preach to the people
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Jonah, Book Of
Jonah, book of, the fifth part of the Book of the Twelve within the Prophets section, or Nevi’im, in the Tanakh (Jewish Bible). It is the fifth book in the Minor Prophets in the Christian ot. It is different from any other prophetic book in the Bible in that it is not primarily a collection of utterances
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Jonah, Book of (Writing)
JONAH, BOOK OF. Standing fifth among the writings of the Twelve Minor Prophets, the book of Jonah is perhaps the best known of these. It is at once one of the more appreciated, but also one of the most controversial.HistoricityThe chief critical problem of the book is its historicity. This is almost
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Jonah
Jonah (Heb. Yônâ), Book ofThe fifth book of the Minor Prophets collection, named for its chief character. This placement may function to provide a positive word about the nations after Obadiah. The reference to Jonah, son of Amittai (Jonah 1:1), relates the book to an 8th-century prophet who spoke
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Jonah, Book Of
JONAH, BOOK OF The fifth book of the minor prophets, a story of divine mercy whose message is that the Lord wills the repentance of all nations. Its protagonist, Jonah, was a reluctant prophet; called by God to warn the pagan Assyrians of God’s judgment, he was highly successful in his mission, but he
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Jonah, Book of
Jonah, Book of. This Book, which is included among the twelve *Minor Prophets, is unlike the other prophetical books in being almost entirely in narrative form. It describes Yahweh’s call to Jonah to go to Nineveh, the Assyrian capital, to preach repentance, his disobedience, his attempted escape by
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