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Jonah (Concordia Commentary | CC)



This commentary interprets the narrative of Jonah as true history that reveals the God of Israel as gracious toward all who repent and believe in him. The introduction discusses the historical setting, archaeological evidence, and themes in the book. An original translation is based on the textual notes, which explain all the grammatical features of the Hebrew, revealing the literary artistry of Jonah’s author. The commentary clearly expounds the book’s message in harmony with the rest of the Scriptures. Ironically, Jonah the Israelite begrudges God’s abundant grace, while Gentiles are converted to saving faith through the power of the preached Word. Excursuses cover evangelism in the Old Testament, “The Sign of Jonah” in the Gospels, death and resurrection motifs from Jonah 2 in Christian baptism, and God changing his verdict from judgment to salvation. The commentary’s focus is on the “one greater than Jonah”: Jesus Christ, the Savior of all peoples.

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  • Bibliographical references and index
  • Preface by the author
  • A theological exposition of sacred Scripture
  • Title: Concordia Commentary: Jonah
  • Author: R. Reed Lessing
  • Publisher: Concordia
  • Pages: 496

R. Reed Lessing is senior pastor at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He earned his MDiv, STM, and PhD degrees from Concordia Seminary, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained into the office of the holy ministry in 1986, and from 1986 to 1999, he served pastorates in West Monroe, Louisiana, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Lessing was also a professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, from 1999 to 2013. Lessing has written Interpreting Discontinuity: Isaiah’s Tyre Oracle, and along with Andrew Steinmann, he coauthored an introduction to the Old Testament, Prepare the Way of the Lord. Lessing is also the author of the volumes on Jonah, Amos, and Isaiah 40–55, as well as the forthcoming volume on Zechariah, in the Concordia Commentary series.


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