JONAH THE CONTRARY MISSIONARY
Jonah, whose name means, “dove” is believed to be the author of the book which bears his name, written approximately 760 BCE. He is the same Jonah who prophesied during the reign of Jeroboam the II, king of Israel, from 793-753 BCE (II Kings 14:25). According to the Seder Olam he was the Prophet sent by Elisha to anoint Jehu (II Kings 9:1). Jonah along with Hosea is the only two Prophets of the Tanak who were born and raised in the Northern Kingdom of Israel and to have books by them in the Tanak. Jonah has been called the “Acts of the Old Testament” due to its allusions to the gospel story and the inclusion of Gentiles in the redemptive plan. Jonah is a fantastic true tale that has enthralled religious and non-religious, believer and non-believer alike. In Judaism this book is traditionally read on Yom Kippur and as we study this book we will see why. I pray you will thoroughly enjoy reading this commentary as much as I have enjoyed studying and writing it. All Scripture is taken from the King James Version unless otherwise noted due to its status as Public Domain.