Product Description The Book of Jonah has become indelibly identified with Yom Kippur - it is a textbook of repentance and mercy. It is one of the smallest and seemingly simplest Books in all of Scriptures, but Jonah abounds in mystery.
Who was this man Jonah, who emerges as such a strange figure?
How could a man of his stature - a prophet! - hope to escape from the Omnipresent?
What was the purpose of Jonah's prophecy to the Assyrian capital?
Why was the prophesy, as the prophet understood it, not fulfilled?
What was the meaning of the analogy with the kikayon?
Now, this completely unique treatment of Jonah explores not only the Book but also its relationship to repentance and Yom Kippur - indeed, the very concepts of repentance, atonement, and forgiveness, which underlie Judaism.
An anthologized commentary with sweep and thoroughness; a translation that is faithful and beautiful; Overviews of profound thought and poetic beauty - all of these make this volume a worthy addition to the award-winning Series that is the new standard of English-language Bible commentary.