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Bibil Identifier bibil:203803
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "And many beasts" (Jonah 4:11)
Title (English, ) The Function and Status of Animals in the Book of Jonah
Author Shemesh, Yael
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 10, Issue: 6)
Undefined link "And Many Beasts" (Jonah 4:11): The Function and Status of Animals in the Book of Johah
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 26 pages.
Abstract This article examines the special role and function of animals in the book of Jonah. Throughout the book, all elements of creation (natural forces, flora and fauna) serve as emissaries of the Lord. Among animals, this applies specifically to the “great fish” and the worm. Their subjection to God’s will contrasts with the behavior of His human messenger, Jonah, who runs away and tries to evade his mission. At the end of the book animals are viewed as part of the penitent community and an object for divine forgiveness, alongside the human citizens of Nineveh. In fact, the book’s concluding words are “many beasts,” who also merit God’s mercy. I believe there may be a link between the role of animals in the story as divine emissaries and their special status as members of the community and as worthy of divine compassion.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Animal
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Jonah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Grace
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