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Many commentators have enjoyed pointing out the Pharisees' mistake, which is just one of several errors they make in this chapter. A "pure" sarcasm would mean that the Pharisees considered Galilee to be the place where prophets came from - a bit like associating Washington, DC with politicians. But the context is their rejection of Jesus (known to them as a ...


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A large part of the purpose of the Book of Jonah is to describe the universal power and sovereignty of God. Israel was not always monotheistic in her beliefs. Much of the early history of Israelite religion, as it can be seen in the Hebrew Bible, was actually what is called monolatrist, that is to say, she worshipped only one God but her religion did not ...


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It is possible that Jonah died in the belly of the fish, based on the language used in Jonah 2, but I think most probable that he did not. Notice Jonah 2:5 (2:6 in Hebrew) says "the waters encompassed me up to my neck." That same Hebrew phrase "up to my neck" was used by David in Ps 69:1, “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.” The phrase ...


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Probably not Jonah spoke of coming out of the belly of Sheol (Hebrew word for grave). Jonah could have been speaking literally or using a figure of speech. Jonah 2:1-2 ESV Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and ...


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Published commentaries, with insights The stories of Jonah and Jesus in boats are quite similar, so the question becomes one of whether the story of Jonah in some way prefigures that of Jesus or whether the story of Jesus calming the storm was substantially based on the story of Jonah. Many commentaries that find prefigurement in the Book of Jonah really ...


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Their question is not just about whether a prophet can come from Galilee, but verse 42 gives more info about their reason for doubting Galilee as the source of the 'Christ'. The Christ should come from David's line and from Bethlehem (prophecy from Micah 5:2). Herod ordered the murder of all the boys in Bethlehem, so there would not be any men from Bethlehem ...


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At issue here is not whether the Pharisees’ comment is technically correct – as the OP notes, it is easily proven false as a statement of fact. N.T. Wright’s word study of their particular verb and its possible, extended, theological associations is interesting but also a digression. Rather, John is intent on showing that Jewish leaders, centered in ...


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I would suugest 4 reasons that Jonah was alive and not dead, then resurrected. 1) as Scacewater posted, the Hebrew is poetic, and " up to my neck" and Sheol references underscore the poetry/literary style of Jonah 2. As an example of the poetic nature, God "spoke to the fish" (spoke is wayomer וַיֹּ֥אמֶר) Jonah 2:10 as in Gen 1. 2) If he were dead, then ...


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Is the Prophet Jonah the same Jonah as in 2 Kings 14:23-25? It is quite possible they are one in the same person. But historically it may be impossible to determine one way or another. Most sources are in favour of the interpretation that the two are one in the same person. Book of Jonah, also spelled Jonas, the fifth of 12 Old Testament books that bear ...


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Jonah chapter 4 does not say, but suggests strongly, that God spoke to Jonah audibly while Jonah was awake, so it was not a dream. 4 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are ...


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Nineveh (Assyria) repented in 700 something BC and God spared them. But obviously later generations in Nineveh in 600 something BC were not repentant as their ancestors were. They ended up paying the consequences. A Jew with the name of Nahum said that at one time Jonah and Nahum were next to each in the order of the Old Testament. Reference Mosiac website ...


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