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JPS Bible Commentary: Jonah

by Uriel Simon

Bibliographic information

TitleJPS Bible Commentary: Jonah
AuthorUriel Simon
PublisherVarda Books
Publication Date2004
SubjectTorah/Bible
Pages80


Description 

Following the completion of the JPS Torah series, this fine commentary is based closely on the author's original Hebrew commentary (Am Oved, 1992), with some revision and expansion. It thus makes accessible to a larger English-reading public, the philological and philosophical subtleties of the book and the commentator. Simon distinguishes his literary treatment of Jonah from others by approaching Jonah not as an ironic satire, but a compassionate irony. The subtle difference changes the way we understand the prophet, his role, and the story's overall purpose. According to Simon: "The fundamental seriousness of the fugitive prophet and his utter fidelity to himself are meant to arouse the reader's sympathy rather than derision: Jonah is a genuinely pathetic figure in his hopeless struggle with his God". This volume is a fine contribution to JPS commentaries dialogue with ancient Near Eastern materials, as well as with Jewish tradition.



About the Author 

Uriel Simon ---

Uriel Simon is Professor of Biblical Studies at Bar Ilan University, where he directs the Institute on the History of Jewish Bible Research. Recently a visiting professor at both Harvard and Yale Universities, he is a founder of Oz v'Shalom / Netivot Shalom, the Israeli religious peace movement.




Contents 

CONTENTS

PREFACE vi

INTRODUCTION vii

THE COMMENTARY TO JONAH

The Command and Its Violation 3

In the Storm-Tossed Ship: The Sailors' Fear of the Lord versus Jonah's Rebellion 6

In the Belly of the Fish: Submission 13

The Repeated Injunction and Its Fulfi llment 22

In Doomed Nineveh: The Repentance of the Sinners 23

Outside the Pardoned City: Jonah's Second Rebellion 30

East of Nineveh: Acquiescence 35

BIBLIOGRAPHY 43



Reviews 

". . . even-handed . . . insightful addition to the JPS Tanakh commentary series."

Scott B. Noegel, University of Washington






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