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The Message of Jonah: Presence in the Storm (The Bible Speaks Today Series) Paperback – July 11, 2003
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The book of Jonah is mostly remembered for its oddity―a runaway prophet swallowed by a whale! But there must be more to the book than that. And indeed there is. For one thing, it is a book artfully constructed, with one chapter devoted to a psalm. It is a book that will reward careful reading and meditation. But more than that, in the drama of Jonah we find charted the course not just of this angular prophet but of Israel's attitude toward its most despised neighbor in the Mediterranean world. Jonah refuses to answer God's call to go and proclaim judgement because he knows God is just the kind of God who respond in mercy and grace should the Assyrians repent. Jonah will have no part of it―until he is compelled. And even then he pities himself. The irony of this prophet's story is amusing―but it reaches out and touches us where we are today. Rosemary Nixon's exposition explores the book in its own right and helps us make the connections with our view of God and his world today.
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Rosemary Nixon is pastor to the Community of Durham Cathedral and formerly vicar of All Saints' Church in Cleadon, Sunderland. She also served as principal of the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, director of the urban studies unit in the parish of Gatehead, and tutor in Old Testament studies at Cranmer Hall, Durham. She has also written Priority of Perfection.
- Publisher : IVP Academic (July 11, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 220 pages
- ISBN-10 : 083082426X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0830824267
- Item Weight : 9.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,750,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jonah is a short book among the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament. It has only 48 verses. Nixon's commentary is some 220 pages long and provides a good balance between exegesis and exposition. Nixon's book is however more than just a commentary. It provides useful information on:
1. historical background,
2. relationship with other books in the Bible (especially the prophetic literature),
3. detailed explanation of the text (exegesis and expositon), and
4. application of the text.
Nixon obviously thought through the implication and application of the text and is able to relate the text to today's situation. It is ideal as a reference for sermon preparation. Despite the attention to details, Nixon's style is highly readable. I can't recommend this book high enough.
I didn’t even get past the introduction before I regretted buying this book. The author reads more into the text than is warranted in order to reinforce her assertions. Case in point, she suggests Ninevah’s repentance could have been due to a total solar eclipse and other events. To make things worse, this is extremely wordy as she goes on about things that have little relevance to Jonah. To be fair she does have some interesting nuggets here and there but reading through all the ramblings frankly isn’t worth it. I have enjoyed the Bible Speaks Today books I have so I bought this without reading any of the reviews. I wish I had. I’d suggest another book unless you like spending a lot of extra time reading the author’s ramblings. It reminded me of term papers I would write in college where I would blabber on to get my word count up to meet the requirements.