by Stan Coffey

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How To Have A New Beginning (46 of 54)
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
March 24, 1991

AUTHORSHIP: Jonah, although the Book of Jonah nowhere claims to be the literary production of the prophet whose ministry is the focus of the narrative logic dictates that Jonah had every reason to record both his harrowing encounters with ocean, fish, gourd, and worm as well as the unusual Ninevite revival. Jonah, whose name means "dove", was a native of Gath-hapher, approximately 2 miles north of Nazareth.

DATE: The historical events recorded apparently occur during the reign of Jeroboam II about 782-753 BC in Israel. As an 8th century prophet, Jonah joins his contemporaries Hosea, Amos, Micah, and Isaiah as God's messengers to Israel and in Jonah's case to the nations. Jonah also delivered a prophecy to Jerobam II, which is recorded in II Kings 14:25

THEME: The prevading thing of Jonah is God's gracious extension of His mercy to the Gentile nations through the preaching of repentance. The story of Jonah's encounter with the fish is a prophecy prefiguring the Lord's three day sojourn in the tomb and His resurrection from the dead. (Matthew 12:38-41)

INTRODUCTION: The miracle of the great whale.
A. While the word in the Hebrew does not necessarily mean "whale", the New Testament speaks of a whale in Matthew 12:40.
B. The Capabilities of the Whale - Many wonder about the possibility of a man being swallowed by a whale or a great fish and being kept alive 3 days and 3 nights.
1. The whale is the largest animal to ever live upo ...

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