Imagery and Religious Conversion. The Symbolic Function of Jonah 1:13
AbstractJonah 1:13 has a delaying function in the narrative, introducing a pause between Jonah’s demand to be thrown in the sea (1:12) and the event’s occurrence (1:15). Most commentators discuss only the events of 1:13 and their causes. In this article, I suggest an interpretation of Jonah 1:13 based on the imagery of the narrative. An analysis of the use of metaphors and symbols does not replace the message of the verse; such an analysis simply augments it with motives of the seamen’s conversion. Beside the narrative level, there is a hidden level suggesting a deeper understanding of the story where symbols and metaphors have a consolidating function. Distance, directions, and movement in Jonah 1 describe acts with religious connotation. At the same time, the physical action of rowing is a symbolic anticipation of the seamen’s conversion. It contains a message about the inner itinerary that leads to the transformation of the sailors. Thereby, I suggest that Jonah 1:13 not only reveals YHWH’s plan with Jonah but it also focuses on the sailors and their conversion. View Full-Text
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Oancea, C. Imagery and Religious Conversion. The Symbolic Function of Jonah 1:13. Religions 2018, 9, 73.
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Oancea, Constantin. 2018. "Imagery and Religious Conversion. The Symbolic Function of Jonah 1:13." Religions 9, no. 3: 73.
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