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Meaning More than They Say: The Conflict between Yhwh and Jonah*

dc.contributor.authorBarrett, Rob
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-09T07:34:49Z
dc.date.available2016-03-09T07:34:49Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://resolver.sub.uni-goettingen.de/purl?gs-1/13024
dc.description.abstractInterpretations 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.
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.rightsopenAccess
dc.subjectJonah
dc.subjectirony
dc.subjectargumentum a fortiori
dc.subjectqal wahomer
dc.subjectqiqayon
dc.subjectNineveh
dc.subjectdirect speech
dc.titleMeaning More than They Say: The Conflict between Yhwh and Jonah*
dc.typejournalArticle
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0309089212466464
dc.publisher.placeLondon
dc.relation.pISSN0309-0892
dc.relation.eISSN1476-6728
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume37
dc.bibliographicCitation.issue2
dc.bibliographicCitation.firstPage237
dc.bibliographicCitation.lastPage257
dc.type.subtypejournalArticle
dc.notesThis publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
dc.description.statuspeerReviewed
dc.bibliographicCitation.journalJournal for the Study of the Old Testament


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