Book of Jonah Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Barré, Michael L. “Jonah 2, 9 and the Structure of Jonah's Prayer.” Biblica 72, no. 2 (1991): 237-48.

Posits a new interpretation of verse 9, linking it to verse 8, which leads to a different understanding of the structure of the poem as a whole.

Bolin, Thomas M. Freedom beyond Forgiveness: The “Book of Jonah” Re-Examined. Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press Ltd, 1997, 217p.

Offers textual and grammatical analysis.

Christensen, Duane L. “The Song of Jonah: A Metrical Analysis.” Journal of Biblical Literature 104, no. 2 (June 1985): 217-31.

Contends that the song comprising chapter 2 of Jonah fits well with the prose of the other chapters.

Craig, Kenneth M., Jr. “The Narrator and Characters.” In A Poetics of “Jonah”: Art in the Service of Ideology, pp. 45-75. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1993.

Discusses the function of the narrator, his point of view, and the extent to which his presence is noticed in the individual chapters of Jonah.

Lacocque, André and Pierre-Emmanuel Lacocque. “The Call to Authenticity: Listening to the Outer Voice.” In Jonah: A Psycho-Religious Approach to the Prophet, pp. 173-94. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1990.

Contends that Jonah frees himself by looking beyond himself and accepting his responsibility to his fellow man.

Magonet, Jonathan. “Analysis of Themes.” In Form and Meaning: Studies in Literary Techniques in the “Book of Jonah,” pp. 85-112. Sheffield, England: The Almond Press, 1983.

Examines assorted themes in Jonah in terms of their narrative, word usage, and use of quotation.

Person, Raymond F. Jr. In Conversation with Jonah: Conversation Analysis, Literary Criticism, and the “Book of Jonah.” Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press Ltd, 1996, 204p.

Utilizes conversation analysis methods in an attempt to gain insight into the Book of Jonah.

Scholem, Gershom. “On Jonah and the Concept of Justice.” Critical Inquiry 25 (Winter 1999): 253-60.

Analyzes the Book of Jonah as a study in ethics and a consideration of what is just.

Walsh, Jerome T. “Jonah 2, 3-10: A Rhetorical Critical Study.” Biblica 63, no. 2 (1982): 219-29.

Presents a formal analysis of Jonah's psalm.

Zucker, David. “Jonah's Journey.” Judaism 91, no. 2 (April 1996): 97-112.

Explains why rabbis generally portray Jonah more positively than he is shown in the Bible.