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Signs of Jonah: Reading and Rereading in Ancient Yehud
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Signs of Jonah: Reading and Rereading in Ancient Yehud


Sheffield Academic Press 2003

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Signs of Jonah emphasizes how the book of Jonah was received by its readers, and how it can help understanding of the culture and society of the time. Zvi focuses on how the audience would have read it, and even how they would have reread it, since books and stories are repeated and pondered time after time. He zeros in on indications throughout the text for how the text would have been read by its intended readers and actual readers. Zvi believes that the literary style and key literary strategies provide social commentary.

Key Features

  • Literary and exegetical analysis
  • Provides solid commentary and context
  • Contains notes and indexes to direct study


  • Nineveh's Fates
  • Jonah 1.2, Divine Foreknowledge and the Fates of Nineveh
  • A Tale of Two Jonahs and Two Accounts
  • Jonah, The Runaway Servant/Slave
  • Atypically and the Meta-Prophetic Character of the Book of Jonah
  • Jonah, the Jerusalemite Literati and Their Image of Themselves
  • The Book of Jonah, Israel and Jerusalem
  • Infinite But Limited Diversity: A Heuristic, Theoretical Frame For Analyzing Different Interpretations of the Book of Jonah

Product Details

  • Title: Signs of Jonah: Reading and Rereading in Ancient Yehud
  • Author: Ehud Ben Zvi
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 184

About Ehud Ben Zvi

Ehud Ben Zvi is Professor of History and Classics at University of Alberta.

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