Literary Context and Clues for Preaching Jonah

It’s interesting to traverse over public ground and see fluorescent tape marking paths off of the beaten path. These markings are used by hikers, campers, hunters, and the like to help them identify a trail leading to a significant spot to which they desire... Read More »

How Genre Influences Preaching Jonah

The genre of the Book of Jonah is certainly unlike most of the other Minor Prophets. While the contents of most Minor Prophets focus on what the prophet said, the content of Jonah focuses on what the prophet did, or more accurately, what God did with and throu... Read More »

Themes in Jonah

The story of Jonah is undoubtedly one of the most famous Bible stories. This familiarity, as well as the sensational nature of the story, could possibly obscure the fact that Jonah is a theologically rich and important book of scripture. All efforts to exposit... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Jonah

Exegetical Notes on Jonah Outline of the book of Jonah – one popular outline of Jonah, which could be used in a sermon series, is: Running from God (chapter 1) Running to God (chapter 2) Running with God (chapter 3) Running ahead of God (chapter 4) About Jon... Read More »

Jonah 4:5-11

Locate the passage Jonah 4:5-11. This passage is comprised of the last seven verses of Jonah. Genre Historical Narrative. This particular passage highlights the climactic dialogue between the LORD and Jonah the prophet. Determine the structure of the passage T... Read More »

Jonah 3:10-4:4

Locate the passage Jonah 3:10-4:4. The passage includes the last verse of Jonah 3 and the first four verses of Jonah 4. Genre Historical Narrative Determine the structure of the passage This passage essentially has three key movements. The first movement is ce... Read More »

Jonah 3:1-9

Locate the Passage. Jonah 3:1-9. This passage begins in the third of Jonah’s four chapters. It records events which occur after his experience in the belly of a fish. Genre Historical Narrative Determine the structure of the passage The passage begins with a... Read More »

Jonah 1:17-2:10

Locate the passage This passage begins with the last verse of Jonah 1 (2:1 in the Hebrew text) and includes all ten verses of Jonah 2. The passage begins with Jonah being swallowed by a God-appointed fish, proceeds with an account of the prayer of Jonah and co... Read More »

Jonah 1:4-16

Locate the passage Jonah 1:4-16. The passage commences with an account of a great storm and concludes with sailors sacrificing to the LORD after having thrown Jonah into the sea. Genre Historical Narrative. This account stresses the LORD’S action, the intera... Read More »

Jonah 1:1-3

Locate the passage Jonah 1:3. This is the introduction to the book of Jonah. Genre Historical Narrative. The entire book of Jonah-4 chapters and 48 verses-is an extended example of historical narrative. Determine the structure of the passage The structure of t... Read More »