Jonah : a new translation with introduction and commentary / Rhiannon Graybill, John Kaltner, and Steven L. McKenzie.

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  • New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2023
  • ©2023
xvi, 346 pages : maps ; 24 cm.


Writer of commentary
Writer of introduction
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  • Bible. English. Anchor Yale Bible. 2008 ; v. 24H. [More in this series]
  • The Anchor Yale Bible ; volume 24H
Summary note
"The book of Jonah, which tells the outlandish story of a disobedient prophet swallowed by a great fish, is one of the Bible's best-known narratives. This tale has fascinated readers for millennia and has inspired countless interpretations. This commentary features a new translation of Jonah as well as an introduction outlining the major interpretive issues in the text. The introduction traces the composition history of the book, paying special attention to the psalm in the second chapter; and the authors explore new theories surrounding the time and place where Jonah delivers his message to Nineveh, as well as the city's act of repentance. In addition to these features, this volume draws on a variety of critical approaches to biblical literature--including affect theory, animal studies, performance criticism, postcolonial criticism, psychological criticism, spatial theory, and trauma theory--to reveal the book's many interpretive possibilities. An updated treatment of Jonah's reception history includes analyses of the story in religious traditions, art and literature, and popular culture.--Dust jacket.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
  • Introduction. Ahoy!
  • I. Synopsis of the story
  • II. The worlds of Jonah
  • III. The book of Jonah
  • IV. Jonah and the Book of Twelve
  • V. The story of Jonah
  • VI. New approaches to reading the Book of Jonah
  • VII. Reception
  • Translation
  • Notes and comments. The flight risk (1:1-5) ; Say what? (1:6-12) ; Truth and consequences (1:13-16) ; Jonah's prayer (2:1-11) ; Call... (3:1-4) ; A very angry prophet (4:1-4) ; Plant problems (4:5-11)
  • Afterword.
  • 9780300206678 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
  • 0300206674 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
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