From: Jay Willingham (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Sep 19 2002 - 20:03:41 EDT
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From: "george murphy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The reason for such assessment is that there are features
> of the story that indicate in various ways that it is fiction. I take the
> liberty to repeat this list from an earlier post of mine.
> The well-known site of the city of Nineveh was not "three days
> journey in breadth" (3:3).
----George: My NIV says "a visit required three days" in Jonah 3:3. Jay
> "The king of Nineveh" is a title equivalent to "The president of
> Washington." The king who might have been resident in Nineveh would have
> been "the king of Assyria."
----- George, I always thought that figure of speach could also mean the
king of Assyria. Jay
> There is no historical evidence for a mass conversion of the whole
city of Nineveh in the time of historical prophet Jonah (II Kg.14:25), some
time around 765 B.C.
-----George, our best historical source for the period documentarily
speaking is the canon of scripture. By Jonah's day, knowledge of God would
have been widespread, so when a miraculously appearing prophet of God's said
"You're toast", they figured correctly this God was to be reconed with. Jay
> The prayer of Jonah in Chapter 2 makes no reference to his being
"in the belly of the fish" but seems to be that of a man threatened with
Exactly, George, a man saved from drowning by a fish. Jay
> There are obvious exaggerations. I already mentioned the size of
> Nineveh. Jonah's "sermon" in 3:4 is 5 words in Hebrew - enough to satisfy
> the minimum conditions of his commission but hardly enough to convert the
> whole city.
-----George, if a fish just puked a man on the beach and that man told you
were about to be annihilated, you would probably start praying for some
relief, too. Jay.
This is manifestly false. The point of Lk.12:16-21 is not lost if
> the events in it didn't actually take place.
> (& of course many other parables of Jesus could be mentioned. I note this
> because God appears in it directly rather than via some representation
> father in the story of the prodigal son.)
-----George, Jesus expressly posed his stories and parables as such. Jonah
and Job are named as are many others in their stories. Jay
The force of this question ought not be blunted by trying to find other
messages in the story.
------Amen, George. Petty geneologies can draw us aside from the Savior's
imprimatur to forgive others as we are forgiven,,, Jay
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