n HTS : Theological Studies - Jona se "opstanding uit die dood" : perspektiewe op die "opstandingsgeloof" vanuit die Ou Testament

Volume 60, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



Jonah's "resurrection from death": Perspectives on "resurrection faith" in the Old Testament

The Jonah novelette tends to be one of the First Testament's primary witnesses on the resurrection faith. This faith portrays the omnipotent power of God over all other threatening powers of death and chaos, be they human or divine. Only God can raise the dead from death. Jonah's resurrection from death illustrates how Yahweh alone is responsible for this endeavour. This article focuses on Jonah's prayer (2:3-10). It argues that the reader is persuaded to see Jonah's flight from Yahweh and his commission ultimately leading to his ending up behind the bars of death (2:7b). Embedded in fictitious and mythological descriptions is Yahweh who delivered Jonah from the pit of death, namely Sheol (2:7c). Resurrection faith narratives in the Second Testament confirm these perspectives in the First Testament.

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