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Jonah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible | BTC)

, 2008
ISBN: 9781441251206
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In this lucid and vividly written commentary on the book of Jonah, Phillip Cary offers a typological reading in which Jonah represents Israel as a blessing to the nations even in its disobedience, exile, and suffering. Christians receive this blessing precisely by identifying with Jonah/Israel through faith in Jesus, Israel’s Messiah. Readers interested in Jewish-Christian relations will value this addition to the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, as one of its primary themes is the relationship between Jew and Gentile.

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  • Contains an in-depth introduction
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  • Includes bibliographical references and indexes

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“It is clearly not Jonah but the word of God that converts Nineveh.” (Page 111)

“But of course the reference to three days is also meant to remind us of the three days Jonah spent in the guts of the fish. We are not supposed to miss the parallel: for Jonah to walk into Nineveh, that great city, is like being swallowed up again by the monster in the depths of the sea and exiled from the land of the living.” (Page 107)

“For Jonah is not just starting over again; he has been given a new life out of the depths of Sheol, like Israel freed from exile in Babylon, like a man buried with Christ in baptism and raised to newness of life. The second half of the book of Jonah tells the story of one reborn from the dead.” (Page 105)

“The problem of the book is not how we are to know God but how God is to deal with us and our more or less persistent efforts not to know him. Only a fool is capable of not knowing God—of hearing the word of the Lord and not believing it—and the Lord must deal with such fools somehow. From this book we learn how graciously the Lord deals with fools such as us.” (Page 29)

“The story proceeds as if the word of the Lord is unquestionably the most real thing in the world and that the rest of the universe can only catch up with its reality.” (Page 29)

Cary writes with an energy and clarity rarely found in biblical commentaries of any type. . . . This volume will both edify and repay repeated reading.

Stephen Fowl, professor of theology, Loyola College

Cary’s concern to combat anti-Semitism in Christian readings of Jonah, and his discussions of important theological concepts related to the book, make this work beneficial for Christian pastors and laity.

Brad E. Kelle, assistant professor of biblical literature, Point Loma Nazarene University

  • Title: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: Jonah
  • Author: Phillip Cary
  • Editor: R. R. Reno
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 192

Phillip Cary (PhD, Yale University) is a professor of philosophy at Eastern University in Pennsylvania as well as scholar-in-residence at the Templeton Honors College. He is the author of three critically acclaimed books on the life and thought of Augustine.


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