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Bibil Identifier bibil:212721
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Of Ships and Seas, and Fish and Beasts: Viewing the Concept of Universal Providence in the Book of Jonah through the Prism of Psalms
Author Forti, Tova
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 359-374 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The book of Jonah has inspired scholarly investigation in diverse perspectives, such as debating its literary category (fable, parable, allegory), analyzing its narrative art (narrator, character roles, modes of speech, scenes), comic interpretation (satire, parody, farce), and finally defining the book of Jonah as an anthology of biblical religious thought (obedience, forgiveness, repentance, providence). This article examines the last perspective, namely, the theological, and, in particular, the concept of providence through several motifs: the sea, the ship, the great fish and behemah (‘beast’). The occurrence of these motifs in Psalm 104 (vv. 14, 24-26) and almost all of them in Psalm 8 (vv. 8-9), and the poetic echo of Jonah’s narrative in Ps. 107.23-31, 38, illuminate the universal quality of God’s cosmic providence, which stands in pivotal contradiction to Jonah’s limited concept of Israel’s God.
DOI 10.1177/0309089211398674
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Jonah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Psalms
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Creation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Animal
Pericopes Proverbs 30,18
Psalms 104,14
Psalms 104,24-104,26
Psalms 8,9
Proverbs 31,14
Psalms 107
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