• From Jonah to Jesus and back: three Ways of Characterization and their Reverse Application

    Author(s):
    Yona Gonopolsky (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, New Testament
    Subject(s):
    Intertextuality, Jonah, Second Temple Judaism, Synoptic Gospels
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Tag(s):
    Characterization, Narrative Models, Restoration
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6QJ77X6Q
    Abstract:
    The resemblance between the Gospel story about Jesus stilling a storm in the Sea of Galilee (Mt. 8:18, 23-27, Mk. 4:35-41, Lk. 8:22-25) and the Jonah story (Jon. 1:1-16) has been long acknowledged by scholars. This article contends that since the relations between the two stories are those of polar opposition, it should be possible, by way of reversal, to reconstruct from the three Synoptic versions of the storm-stilling story another three underlying images of Jonah, in addition to the multiply and often contradictory images of this unusual figure, current in the Second Temple literature. Aside from it, the comparison to other storm-stilling stories and a brief discussion of the "Sign of Jonah" pericope yield some additional methodological insights.
    Notes:
    This paper has been originally conceived as a term-paper for Prof. Maren Niehoff's seminar “Journeys in Body and Soul”, 2015, Jerusalem.
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    Last Updated:
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