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011 My Friend Jonah

011 My Friend Jonah

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My Friend Jonah
I have a soft spot for Jonah, the biblical prophet who, upon being sent by God tothe Assyrian Capital of Ninevah to preach its doom, boarded a ship in theopposite direction instead, was - on his own urge - thrown overboard in a storm,swallowed by a large sea creature (presumably a sperm whale) & spewed out bythe same 3 days later to finally fulfill his God-given mission in Ninevah.Maybe one reason I like him is because according toRichard Rohr and AndreasEber t, Jonah is the biblical "patron saint" of theEnneagrampersonality type NINE, the type I can personally identify myself with best.My "better half," Sparkles talked to someone about Jonah today, and she saidshe's always amazed about how little people actually know about him (as well asthe rest of the Bible).Even Ebert & Rohr seem to dismiss Jonah's story as a fable in the foot notes totheir book, but a little bit of research would render such an attitude as ignorant, tosay the least. I suppose church Christians simply have to "unlearn" too muchstuff they were taught in their cementaries - er, seminaries - about how and whyall the miracles in the Bible didn't really happen...If you type in the word "Ninevah" in Google, probably the first place you'll wind upwill be Wikipedia, an excellent online encyclopaedia created by Internet usersaround the world & a sheer endless source of information. You'll even be giventhe exactgeographical coordinates there, which will zoom you right into a satellite shot of the archaologic site of that ancient city, next to the city of Mosul,in the province of Ninawain Iraq, a place where Iraqui insurgents moved after theinfamous Battle of Fallujahin 2004.Nineveh's location is marked by two
large mounds, one of which is calledNabī Yūnus, which means "Prophet Jonah," and on which a
muslim shrine in honor of the Jewish prophet stands. (If you think that's ridiculous, you shouldread the Quran, which revers many Hebrew characters, including Jesus,Abraham, Isaac, and of course Ishmael, etc.)You'll even find reports of Christians in the regionwho observe an old traditionalfast, based on the fast and repentance of Jonah's Ninevites, which led to their redemption. God simply changed His mind & decided not to destroy them (- yet!-), much to Jonah's dismay, as you can find in theBible.- Or accounts of an ancient Babylonian historian/priest namedBerosus who wrote of a mythical creature named Oannes who was to have emerged from the sea to give divinewisdom to men. "Oannes" being one possible way to spell "Jonah" in the ancientGreek Berosus used.There is even an extensive treatize onJonah's Whale, mentioning 2 other occasions in the 18th century in which men are recorded to have survived beingswallowed by a whale.Finally, you get to the sad truth aboutwhat's happeningat this historicallysignificant site right now, with the remainders of the archaeological evidence of the Biblical accounts of Ninevah's king Sennacherib (as found in2.Kings chapter 18 & 19) being carried off by looters & thieves, thanks to the chaos the "almighty"U.S. of A. are wreaking in that misfortunate country, along with the United

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