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Bibil Identifier bibil:203831
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Silence as Resistance
Title (English, ) A Postcolonial Reading of the Silence of Jonah in Jonah 4.1-11
Author Ryu, Chesung Justin
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 34, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 195-218 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Established readings of the book of Jonah have criticized Jonah as the personification of a narrow-minded Jew and emphasized God’s universal and inclusive love and mercy. However, embedded in this inclusivity of universalism is a working system of exclusivity which silences the voice of the weak. Through a postcolonial reading of Jonah 4, this article explores fallacies of the established readings and suggests an alternative reading for Jonah’s anger and silence. It argues that Jonah’s anger (Jon. 4.1-11) can be recognized as legitimate given the power differential between the Israelites and the Ninevites. In addition, Jonah’s silence functions as resistance on the part of the weak over against the rhetoric of the strong, which ignores unbalanced power structures in human relationships in the name of universalism.
DOI 10.1177/0309089209356410
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Jonah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Silence
Pericopes Jonah 4
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