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Overview The collection of books known as the Bible contains history's greatest stories. One of the most intriguing -- and controversial -- is the Book of Jonah. Tucked in near the end of the Hebrew Scriptures, the book chronicles the almost-legendary story of a prophet sent to preach to one of the ancient world's most brutal regimes, Assyria. And that is precisely the problem with Jonah; was he real? Or, as modern commentators like to speculate, was he some mixture of myth and truth? In this book, beloved conservative scholar Henry Morris presents compelling evidence that Jonah was in fact very real. Not only that, the "great fish" that swallowed him was also real. The spiritual insights that Morris has gleaned over the decades sparkle in the light of biblical truth. Readers will find their faith strangthened by the reality of Jonah's life, and the lessons he has for all of us.
Publishers Description A Bold Defense of the Truthfulness of the Old Testament Rich insights from one of the world's best Bible commentators Historical context blends well with the devotional aspects of the book The third volume in the author's popular "Remarkable..." series The collection of books known as the Bible contains history's greatest stories. One of the most intriguing -- and controversial -- is the Book of Jonah. Tucked-in near the end of the Hebrew scriptures, the book chronicles the almost-legendary story of a prophet sent to preach to one of the ancient world's most brutal regimes, Assyria. And that is precisely the problem with Jonah; was he real? Or, was he some mixture of myth and truth?
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Studio: Master Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.07" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Sep 7, 2004
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
ISBN 0890514070 ISBN13 9780890514078
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More About Henry M. Morris
Henry M. Morris (PhD, University of Minnesota), founder and former president of the Institute of Creation Research, served as professor of hydrology at the institute's division of graduate study and research. For more than thirty years, Dr. Morris has taught at major universities, including serving as chairman of the civil engineering department at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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The Book of Jonah is a satirical "tale" Sep 1, 2005
Henry Morris is a classic archetype of the right- wing "conservative" group. I've seen so many like him waste thousands of dollars in tuition and learn absolutely nothing -- because they are outright UN-teachable.
They grow up most typically in small cities in the "bible belt", inherit their initial Weltanschaaung (world-view) from their parents and immediate environment -- just as everyone does (read Karl Barth and Paul Ricoeur's material known as "2nd naivete").
Typically in the first couple of years in college, almost everyone is confronted with a concept that doesn't fit into their world-view and enters into the cognitive-dissonace stage (where the old idea and the new idea fight to the death to determine what happens next).
This is the most essential and most critical stage in cognitive development that continues on all the way through life. Now that the person has been forced to form the first part of his own world-view, two distinct groups emerge.
Some are able to "divorce" themselves from pre-dispositions and biases and are able to employ REASON when evaluating the old and the new, and most typically the person incorporates this new thing to varying degrees into their world-view and EVOLVE -- beginning the process of critical-thinking.
Then, of course, there is the other group -- which isincapable of employing REASON in order to evaluate the new thing. For many, anything foreign to their inherited world-view seems so threatening to them that have no choice but to shove the new thing under the rug -- out of sight and out of their mind and remain in stage 1 in the evolutionary process of cognitive development. Most of this type go to the grave without ever incorporating a single thing outside of their inherited world-view.
In this book, Morris utterly huniliates himself (quite unknowingly) by the most completely WRONG perception that anything in the bible not taken as a literal historical series of events invalidates the theological precepts of divine inspiration and biblical inerrancy.
God is not limited in the way He communicates the critical message to us in the bible. Anyone who has taken an introductory course in hermeneutics and can read the biblical languages can easily see that, in addition to literal accounts of real events, there is a myriad of other genres throughout the bible (but almost exclusively in the Old Testament).
The most prominent and credible figures in the branches of theology are mostly in concensus that Jonah is a satire, was written as a satire, and was openly known to not be a literal account. As a satire it slaps Israel across the face by using the parallelism of thesis-antithesis over and over again.
If you want to actually learn something about what the bible is and the incredibly complex journey it has made across the millenia to reach us in the form that we have today, I can recommend no better book than "The Hermeneutical Spiral" by Osbourbe. Lookit up right here in this site and read the excerpts and back cover. It is a most profound first dtep in the process of becoming a critical-thinker.
A Bible scholar Morris ain't. . . Mar 17, 2004
Henry Morris has made a career of promoting hyper-literal (read, his own) interpretations of Scripture, especially as it involves the so-called "Creation Science" debate.
Now he turns to Jonah. Morris is so convinced of the literal accuracy of the Jonah account, that he fails to see the forest for the trees.
The POINT of the Jonah account has little to do with what species of fish might be able to swallow a man whole and alive and a GREAT DEAL to do with the love of God for mankind, and the desire of God to see the repentance of the wicked. Morris could have read the last verse of Jonah 4 and not bothered with writing the book in the first place!