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Honeymoon is Over--Jonah's Argument…

Honeymoon is Over--Jonah's Argument with God, The

by T. A. Perry

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NO OF PAGES: 250 SUB CAT I: Prophets SUB CAT II: Commentary SUB CAT III: DESCRIPTION: The Book of Jonah, which Perry sees as a pastoral novella and a tale of the fantastic, wrestles with both age-old questions (e.g., repentance, mission to the Gentiles, can God change his mind) and a host of more "contemporary" issues (e.g., suicide, near-death experiences, the moral capacity of animals).NOTES: Purchased from CBD. SUBTITLE: Jonah's Argument with God
  BeitHallel | Mar 23, 2011 |
This is not a typical commentary. Readers looking for solutions to textual or historical problems, applications for the church, or personal living will have to look elsewhere. But if you are interested in an example of rhetorical analysis and an exposition of Jonah that interacts with the literary world, both Jewish and western, The Honeymoon is Over will interest you.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0801047420, Paperback)

The Honeymoon Is Over seeks to recover the central love story of the Book of Jonah. For Jonah is, at its core, a tale of rejection and reconciliation as Jonah is cast from the divine Presence and works his way back. In the relationship between God and Jonah we witness a reversal of roles, as Eternity is portrayed as being in love with the works of time, while the enamored prophet cannot separate from the Eternal.

Beyond standard theological issues such as repentance and prayer, the Book of Jonah provides discussion on questions of great interest to modern readers: suicide and assisted suicide, near-death experiences, mere survival and existence conceived as theological imperatives, the moral capacity of animals, erotic theory, universalism or outreach to Gentiles, and the possibility that God can not only change his mind but even be educated. Literary research also offers new answers to the difficult question of Jonah's genre, by suggesting how the book may be read as a pastoral novella and a tale of the fantastic.

The Honeymoon Is Over is an imaginative, challenging, and readable book for a general audience. However, the end of the book provides alternative understandings of the readings from Jonah, making it of value to scholars and preachers who may wish to explore such possibilities.

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