Theology for the Long Haul

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jonah: Fact or Fiction?

"It is no wonder some people say the story of Jonah must be a fable. The miracles are too numerous and incredible: the sudden storm; the fish swallowing Jonah; the prophet’s survival in its stomach; his exit onto dry ground; national repentance; the plant that springs up one day and dies the next. Or perhaps it’s a parable; a learning aid concerning the people of Israel who disobeyed God and didn’t fulfil their calling to be a voice to the nations.Such interpretations fall apart when you begin to investigate further..."

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