Basic Hebrew HB1
March 4, 2011
For most people in the former generation the book of Jonah is literary and historical account. They said that Jonah lived during the reign of Jeroboam II. Some scholars obtain that no evidence is been found outside the bible that Nineveh went through such a religious conversion. The book is name after the main character of the book Jonah which means “DOVE” driven from the old Hebrew. Scholars agree on certain things about the book, but they have drawn quite different conclusions in addressing the following questions:
Setting / Themes
Key verses / literary style
Authorship/Date: Driven from the principal character Jonah son of Armatti; no direct claim of authorship can be connected to Jonah himself but it refers to a third person. Jonah was from Nazareth who lived around 793-758 BC. Some would say book itself do not refer or say anything about the author but tradition has attributed to the prophet himself as the author. Some writer had said that it has many similarities with the narrative of Prophets Elijah and Elisha; however it may come from the same writer. Jonah preached during the reign of King Jeroboam II when many significant events happened in the northern kingdom of Israel (800-750 BC). According to the Cooper Abrams Jonah was a prophet of God during the period divided kingdom. Cooper didn’t say much about the authorship of the book but the date he mentioned is 760 BC. After reading all these thoughts of different scholar of their time I am not sure how is can be said that its written by Jonah himself yet lets go with the tradition and assume the authorship of the book to the prophet himself. The setting or interpretation of the book is seen as historical which happened in ancient Israel in 8th or 7th century. The traditional view is that; the book is historical, biographical narratives, some suggestions range from fictional short...