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Jonah's World: Social Science and the Reading of Prophetic Story

ISBN: 9781845531249 | 1845531248
Edition: 1st
Format: Nonspecific Binding
Publisher: Routledge
Pub. Date: 8/21/2014

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This work sets out the background world for the story of Jonah. Accepting the biblical book as a fictitious short story based on real world locations, the volume uses social science approaches to describe the imaginative world in which the action takes place. Since the story uses real places and recognizable persons to weave the narrative, at least three levels of perception are considered: the real world behind the book's references; the social and ideological constructs of the world; the imaginative world of the story itself. All of these are connected by and through the scribal author of the story. Geography, theology, human characters and natural flora and fauna are investigated. The models creatively used by humans to order their vision of the world can be shown to have been used as literary devices in constructing a story with totally fictitious historical citations as well as fabulous creatures and events that nonetheless conveys a message considered an insight into reality by the author. The story of Jonah, often read as a simple children's story, comes across as a more complicated and adult oriented narrative with a serious intent.


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