Perspectives on the book of Jonah
Wagner, Alan Monroe
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The purpose of this thesis is to provide a survey of scholarship concerning the book of Jonah. I have chosen samples from rhetorical criticism of Jonah, parody and satire as a literary genre of Jonah, as well as a miscellaneous research covering the form of Jonah and reading Jonah as part of the book of the Twelve. I have examined different arguments that these scholars have given and critiqued them where necessary. I have also highlighted what are the best techniques for reading the book of Jonah. In doing so I adopted the rhetorical critical methodology foremost but have also borrowed from the analyses of satirical and parodic elements found in the text. I have also argued that the psalm should be considered an original part of the text, by examining the adaptations of quotations and common themes found with the rest of the book of Jonah.