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We are told that the word of the Lord came to Jonah a 2nd time, because when he received the word from the Lord the 1st time he rebelled and ran away. In referring to his resurrection Jesus spoke of Jonah in the belly of the whale. And this speaks of life out of death then after Jonah had dealt with his fear he was able to be obedient to the word of God. ...


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Did Jonah actually die in the whale? No, there is no reason to suppose that is how the text would have been understood at the time of writing, or the time of Jesus. It is a poetic figure of speech indicating a brush with death rather than actual physical death. David uses similar language in Psalms 18 and 86 for example: 18:4The cords of death ...


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I believe that לֵֽאלֹהִ֔ים was being used as a reference to the Deity, and that the lamed is simply the normal indicator of the possessive. The Book of Jonah itself can actually go a long way to clarify what G'd's opinion of Nineveh was. The final verse of Jonah is very telling, which I reproduce here: 4:11 וַאֲנִי לֹא אָחוּס עַל נִינְוֵה הָעִיר ...


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The Idea in Brief There are two lexemes at hand. Thus the infinitive absolute in the Hiphil stem of the Hebrew verb דָּגָה seems to appear here, which would mean to cover with darkness. That is, the infinitive absolute here would function as a verbal noun, and therefore the הַ (he-) would be part of the hiphil stem. The word would therefore be translated ...



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