Hebrew

Hebrew Exegesis Notebook and Language Study: Jonah 1-4

An in-depth study of the book of Jonah, including original translation, word studies, and parsing.

Word Study: Chesed

A study of the use of the noun חֶסֶד (chesed) in the Hebrew Scriptures.

A GRACIOUS GOD AND A POUTING PROPHET: A COMMENTARY ON JONAH 4:1-5

The prophet Jonah lived and ministered during a period of Israel’s history defined by nationwide apostasy and corruption. Yet, Israel was the recipient of God’s mercy. Israel was deserving of destruction and judgment, but God had compassion on the nation and relented. This understanding adds a new layer of meaning and irony to the story of Jonah, where we read that Jonah vehemently rebuked God for extending mercy to the people of Nineveh – unwarranted mercy that Jonah and his own people knew all too well.