By Janet Howe Gaines

The short ebook of Jonah is the potent mite of scriptural narratives. the tale of the prophet swallowed by means of the large fish is easy sufficient to thrill a baby and complicated adequate to confound a pupil. humans hesitate and falter, like Jonah, while attempting to settle for or imitate a version of divine forgiveness. This e-book culminates in a discussion, proficient via the easiest of contemporary biblical scholarship, among Jonah and glossy dilemmas of forgiveness in money owed from the Jewish Holocaust and the South African fact and Reconciliation fee. the writer illumines Jonah's trouble with literature from Henri Nouwen to Herman Melville, from the Talmud to Greek fantasy. Paperback variation is obtainable from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org).

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