Old Testament

Beyond the Flannelgraph: Resources and Commentaries on Jonah

My childhood introduction to the book of Jonah came while sitting in front of a felt-covered board. The account of a disobedient prophet being swallowed whole by a gigantic fish can have quite an impression on a child when presented with illustrative pictures.... Read More »

The Christ-Connection in Jonah

As a kid, I was often in the upstairs attic helping store items away. Attics have flooring, but several areas consist of exposed rafters with a drywall ceiling underneath. If I watched where I stepped and only placed my foot on the rafters, I wouldn’t fa... Read More »

Applying Jonah

I just returned from my fortieth high school reunion. Although it was a delight to see so many friends, I walked away realizing that some had not changed at all. Even though so many of us looked so old, there were so few of us making a real go at maturity. The... Read More »

Illustrating Jonah

Those who preach weekly struggle to illustrate their sermons with consistent effectiveness. From one Sunday to the next, how can we develop relevant, powerful (not to mention biblical) illustrations? We’ll consider the book of Jonah as a case study. Suggesti... Read More »

Explaining Jonah

What the Book of Jonah lacks in actual length, it more than makes up for in substantive theological depth. Interpreters who have dubbed the Book of Jonah as a mere fairy tale with embedded lesson therein miss the hermeneutical mark almost entirely. It is true ... Read More »

Important Words in Jonah

Maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise when we learn how few unique vocabulary words there are in the Bible. If we discount the names and multiple locations mentioned (sometimes only once), the number of unique words drops even more. For instance, while there... Read More »

The Biblical Theology of Jonah

The book of Jonah, perhaps more than any other Book of the Twelve, stands among the surrounding Minor Prophets unmistakably different. The other eleven prophets (Habakkuk, Obadiah, Amos, etc.) are prophetic literature with regular occurrences of “Thus says t... Read More »

Finding the Pericopes in Jonah, Pt. 2

Regarding the identification of the boundaries of pericopes of narratives Collins suggests readers to notice “places where the location changes, or where a new set of participants is introduced, or where there is some grammatical expression of discontinuity,... Read More »

Finding the Pericopes in Jonah, Pt. 1

When my kids were little, they loved playing hide and seek. The game would always involve me going and hiding and then they would come and seek. The key to the game being really fun for them was the finding. The seeking couldn’t last too long, be too involve... Read More »

Historical and Cultural Background for Jonah

Cultural and historical considerations are especially important for preaching the book of Jonah since geography and Assyrian culture play a major role in the development of the narrative. Consequently, I first want to give you key background information to the... Read More »