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The Anchor Yale Bible: Jonah


Yale University Press 2008

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Were Jonah’s experiences true to the history of ancient Israel? Were they meant to be read comically, philosophically, allegorically, symbolically, or realistically? And is God godly when acting beyond the comprehension of prophets, let alone ordinary human beings?

These issues, and many more, are thoughtfully considered in this meticulously detailed and insightful translation of the original Hebrew text of Jonah as created by Jewish authorities during the second half of the first millennium BC. In these profound and enduring tales, realistic events and miraculous incidents merge, and we never have to wait long to witness the power of God’s love or wrath.

One of the 12 Minor Prophets, Jonah faced more challenges in a short span of time than any other biblical hero. He went to sea and nearly drowned in the belly of a great fish. On land, Jonah journeyed east to Nineveh, where his mission was to spread the word of God in a city plagued by evil. He was tested by God at every turn. But even during his darkest hours, his faith never wavered and through all the tumult, he always listened for the comforting voice of the Lord.

Author Jack M. Sasson employs the very latest information in biblical scholarship to interpret the many nuances in Jonah’s seemingly simple story. Providing Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Aramaic, and, occasionally, Syriac and Arabic translations, this volume is an exciting addition to the world-acclaimed series.

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Key Features

  • Offers original translations, including alternative translations, annotations, and variants
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary on the text
  • Presents the reader with historical background, including analysis of authorship and dating
  • Features an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature


  • The Setting (Jonah 1:1–3)
  • The Storm-Tossed Ship (Jonah 1:4–6)
  • The Singling out of Jonah (Jonah 1:7–12)
  • Obstinacy and Submission (Jonah 1:13–16)
  • In the Fish’s Belly (Jonah 2:1–3a)
  • A Canticle from the Depths (Jonah 2:3b–10)
  • On Dry Land (Jonah 2:11)
  • In Nineveh (Jonah 3:1–4)
  • Changes of Heart, Change of Mind (Jonah 3:5–10)
  • Move/Countermove (Jonah 4:1–6)
  • Heat and Light (Jonah 4:7–11)

Product Details

  • Title: Jonah
  • Author: Jack M. Sasson
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 384

About Jack M. Sasson

Jack M. Sasson is currently the Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Judaic and Biblical Studies, professor of classics, and director of Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University.