Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament - Jonah
Kevin J. Youngblood
Jonah, Second Edition, part of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament series, serves pastors and teachers by providing them with a careful analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament book of Jonah, quickly allowing pastors to grasp the big idea of the passage and how it fits in its larger context.
With careful discourse analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text, the authors in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament series trace the flow of argument in each Old Testament book, showing that how a biblical author says something is just as important as what they say.
Each volume offers a set of distinctive features, including: the main idea of the passage, its literary context, the author's original translation and exegetical outline with Hebrew layout, its structure and literary form, an explanation of the text, and its canonical and practical significance. There are many exegetical commentaries, but none accomplish what this series has achieved.
In the book of Jonah, two problems keep the prophet from fully enjoying and freely sharing divine mercy. The first is Jonah's inability to reconcile YHWH's concern for nations hostile to Israel with his election of Israel. The second is Jonah's inability to reconcile YHWH's justice with his mercy. The narrative's conclusion reveals an even deeper problem: a distorted understanding of both divine election and divine justice that precludes Jonah's joyful participation in Yahweh's mercy.