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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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