Jonah’s Tomato Surprise

Posted on the 10 February 2014 by Agholdier @agholdier

My article “Jonah’s Tomato Surprise: A Literary Reading of God’s Unchanging Mind” is now up at the American Journal of Biblical Theology. You can find the article here.

And here’s the abstract:

As debates about God’s Openness continue, the book of Jonah is frequently cited as an
example of Yahweh making plans that He later alters in response to human free choices.
However, this reading of the text raises far more problematic questions than it answers. Instead, a
literary approach to the narrative of Jonah reveals that the audience (but not the characters in the
story itself) is uninformed about God’s actual plan until it unfolds.

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