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Form and Meaning: Studies in Literary Techniques in the Book of Jonah
This work is an investigation of the literary style of the biblical book of Jonah. Starting with a detailed analysis of word usage (repetition of words and phrases, the structure of individual chapters and of the book as a whole, the use of quotations from elsewhere in the Bible), it examines the relationship between these elements and the ideas the story itself conveys. ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published December 1st 1983 by Almond Press
(first published December 31st 1976)
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Conservative Christians should be warned that this is a higher-critical work on the book of Jonah. That said, so long as one can distinguish wheat from chaff, this is a great book, a very helpful narrative-theological approach to Jonah. Sadly, along with the higher-criticism, the New Testament is entirely ignored in this work, so a study using Magonet could be improved by the use of Youngblood's recent commentary as well as the interpreter's own Christocentric hermeneutical approach to Jonah.