Freedom Beyond Forgiveness: The Book of Jonah Re-examined

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 1997 - Religion - 217 pages
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Bolin analyses biblical and extra-biblical traditions and motifs in the book of Jonah, and argues that the book's portrayal of the relationship between God and humanity, much like those of Job and Ecclesiastes, emphasizes an absolute divine sovereignty beyond human notions of mercy, justice, or forgiveness. God is understood as free to forgive, yet he still punishes, and is unfettered by the constraints imposed by attributes of benevolence. The only proper human response to God is fear at his power and acknowledgment of him as the source of welfare and woe.
  

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Contents

Chapter 2 FLIGHT AND CAPTURE JONAH 1116
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Chapter 3 PRAYER AND DELIVERANCE JONAH 2111
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Chapter 4 A CITYS FATE JONAH 3110
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Chapter 5 THE MESSENGER AND THE MESSAGE JONAH 4111
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Chapter 6 CONCLUDING REMARKS
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About the author (1997)

Thomas Bolin is Associate Professor of Old Testament in the Department of Theology at St Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas.