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Bibil Identifier bibil:224631
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Meaning More than They Say: The Conflict between Yhwh and Jonah
Author Barrett, Rob
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 37, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 237-257 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Interpretations of the book of Jonah regularly focus on the prophet's explanation of his flight in 4.2 and Yhwh's explanation of the qiqayon in 4.10–11 to illuminate the main characters' conflict. However, neither speech is particularly explanatory. Additionally, closer examination of Jonah's words is suggested by his ironic and self-implicating speech elsewhere in the book. Yhwh's logic relating the qiqayon to Nineveh is also far from transparent. The reader is left to work out the nature of their conflict. In this article it is argued that the book focuses less on Yhwh's relationship with Nineveh than on pressing Jonah to recognize Yhwh's compassion for him, and that he is the only one in the entire world of the book that is unresponsive to Yhwh.
DOI 10.1177/0309089212466464
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Jonah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Jonah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : YHWH
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Niniveh
Terms קִיקָיוֹן קיקיון
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