Season 2: Episode 37
Is Jonah the Weirdest Book in the Bible?
Date Aired: 10/16/2023
Jonah and the whale (fish, technically) is one of the best-known Bible stories, but it’s also completely bonkers. It stars Jonah—the worst/best prophet ever—and reads more like a fable or satire than a serious biblical treatise. Were the authors of Jonah trying to be funny? And how the heck did this silly little fish tale become a beloved and meaningful narrative for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? To help unravel the mystery, Helen and Dave welcome back Eckart Frahm, author of the impressive new book, Assyria: The Rise and Fall of the World’s First Empire. Eckart shares a convincing theory that the Judaean authors of Jonah may have been inspired by a popular Assyrian legend.
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