The sign of the prophet Jonah: Tracing the tradition-history of a biblical character in ancient Judaism and early Christianity.

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Abstract

The 'sign of the prophet Jonah' features in just a handful enigmatic sayings attributed to Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke but became a major theme in early Jewish and Christian texts, as well as within Islamic texts. This paper will examine some of the ways that the character of Jonah functioned in early Christian literature, with particular attention to Jerome's commentary on Jonah as a classic example of Christian interpretation of Jonah in the Patristic period.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow Jonah is Interpreted in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on the authenticity and influence of the biblical prophet.
EditorsMishael M Caspi, John T Greene
Place of PublicationLewiston, NY
PublisherThe Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Chapter1
Pages1-37
Number of pages37
ISBN (Print)9780773439313
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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