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A Gracious and Compassionate God: Mission, Salvation and Spirituality in the Book of Jonah (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

, 2011
ISBN: 9780830826278


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The book of Jonah is arguably just as jarring for us as it was for the ancients. Ninevah’s repentance, Jonah’s estrangement from God, and the book’s bracing moral conclusion all pose unsettling questions for today’s readers. For biblical theologians, Jonah also raises tough questions regarding mission and religious conversion.

Daniel Timmer embarks on a new reading of Jonah in order to secure its ongoing relevance for biblical theology. After an examination of the book’s historical backgrounds in both Israel and Assyria, he discusses the biblical text in detail, paying special attention to redemptive history and its Christocentric orientation. He then explores the relationship between Israel and the nations—including the question of mission—and the nature of religious conversion and spirituality in the Old Testament. He concludes with an injunction for scholars and lay readers to approach Jonah as a book written to facilitate spiritual change in the reader.

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Key Features

  • Contains scholarly and accessible volumes written by well-respected Biblical scholars
  • Includes notes that interact with the best of recent research and significant literature
  • Engages the immense challenges facing today’s church
  • Offers new insights and challenges established positions
  • Encourages Christians to better understand their Bibles through biblical theology


  • The Nations and Mission in Jonah
  • Conversion and Spirituality in Jonah and in Biblical Theology
  • Looking into Jonah 1
  • Looking into Jonah 2
  • Looking into Jonah 3
  • Looking into Jonah 4

Praise for the Print Edition

This book is highly recommended for laypeople, students, and ministers who desire to move beyond the flat reading of Jonah found in much popular-level Christian literature.

—Jerry Hwang, Themelios

  • Title: A Gracious and Compassionate God: Mission, Salvation and Spirituality in the Book of Jonah
  • Author: Daniel C. Timmer
  • Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology
  • Volume: 26
  • Publishers: Apollos, IVP
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 201
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Jonah › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9780830826278, 9781844744992
  • Resource ID: LLS:NSBT26
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-07-28T19:04:54Z

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Daniel C. Timmer is professor of biblical studies for the PhD program at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Professeur d'Ancien Testament, Faculté de théologie évangélique, Montréal, Québec. His books include The Non-Israelite Nations in the Book of the Twelve, A Gracious and Compassionate God (NSBT) and Nahum (ZECOT).

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