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  • Concordia Commentary - Jonah

Concordia Commentary - Jonah

Article number: 156046
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by R. Reed Lessing

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Jonah is a little book with a big impact. Christ references story of this defiant prophet as a type of his own three day death and resurrection, and no scene is more common in early Christian art that Jonah and the fish. In this commentary, Dr. Reed Lessing provides an original translation and a critical focus on Jonah as a true historical narrative, assumed by Christ Himself. Ironically, Jonah the Israelite begrudges God’s abundant grace, while Gentiles are converted to saving faith through the power of the preached Word. Lessing interprets Jonah as a faithful an example of repentance, God’s grace, and the problems of pride in Christian life.


  • A history of interpretation on Jonah
  • An exploration of Jonah as both a true historical narrative and a satire of typical prophetic works

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