JHS Article - Shemesh on the function and status of animals in the Book of Jonah and Reviews
- Dear all,
I am glad to announce the recent publication of the following in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (http://www.jhsonline.org)
Journal of Hebrew Scriptures - Volume 10: Article 6 (2010)
Yael Shemesh, "'And many beasts' (Jonah 4:11): The Function and Status of Animals in the Book of Jonah."
This article examines the special role and function of animals in the book of Jonah. Throughout the book, all elements of creation (natural forces, flora and fauna) serve as emissaries of the Lord. Among animals, this applies specifically to the "great fish" and the worm. Their subjection to God's will contrasts with the behavior of His human messenger, Jonah, who runs away and tries to evade his mission. At the end of the book animals are viewed as part of the penitent community and an object for divine forgiveness, alongside the human citizens of Nineveh. In fact, the book's concluding words are "many beasts," who also merit God's mercy. I believe there may be a link between the role of animals in the story as divine emissaries and their special status as members of the community and as worthy of divine compassion.
To access the article directly please go to http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/JHS/Articles/article_134.pdf
Boda, Mark J., A Severe Mercy: Sin and Its Remedy in the Old Testament (Siphrut, 1; Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2009). (Reviewed by Steve Dempster)
Otto, Eckart, Die Tora: Studien zum Pentateuch-Gesammelte Aufsätze (BZAR, 9; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009). (Reviewed by Bruce Wells)
Paganini, Simone, "Nicht darfst du zu diesen Wörtern etwas hinzufügen": Die Rezeption des Deuteronomiums in der Tempelrolle: Sprache, Autoren, Hermeneutik (BZAR, 11; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009). (Reviewed by Molly Zahn)
Another article will be published in the coming days.
The printed version of volume 8 (2008) has been released by Gorgias Press. For information please go to http://www.gorgiaspress.com/BOOKSHOP/pc-56678-10-ben-zvi-ehud-perspectives-on-hebrew-scriptures-v.aspx
For information about the other volumes, please go to
For information about the Logos version of the Journal (vols. 1-7), please go to http://www.logos.com/products/details/4336
The Logos version of volume 8 of the journal is being prepared.
Ehud Ben Zvi
History and Classics
University of Alberta
2-28 HM Tory Building
Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4
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