The book of Jonah is a story, but the author deserves to be considered a prophet because he very clearly underscored some truths which his contemporaries had forgotten. This delightful narrative criticizes, not the idolatrous or godless people, but the pious Jews themselves who, locked in their nationalism easily forgot that God is the God of all peoples.
Jonah does not like the pagans and if God saves them, Jonah does not feel like paying the price for it. This kind of pettiness, characteristic of an average believer, merely covers up another, much greater scandal for which God is responsible. How are we to understand that God saves everyone if, at the same time, he repeats throughout the bible that Israel alone was chosen, that it alone has the word of life, it alone has a saviour, that all God demands (circumcision, or later, baptism, or the Eucharist, or sexual prohibitions) is absolutely necessary in order to be saved?
- The Christian Community Bible
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The Sea Crossing
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Chapter 1; Verses 1 to 3
Jonah tries to run away from God
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"Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me."
Chapter 1; Verses 4 to 17
A Mighty Storm
"What is this that you have done! For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them so."
Chapter 2; Verses 1 to 10
Jonah Prayed from the Belly of a Fish
"Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land.'"
Chapter 3; Verses 1 to 10
The Conversion of Nineveh
"Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, 'Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!'"
Chapter 4; Verses 1 to 8
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"The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush."
Chapter 4; Verses 9 to 11
Jonah is Reproved
The Poison Garden
"You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labour and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night."
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