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Finding Words in the Belly of Sheol: Reading Jonah’s Lament in Contexts of Individual and Collective Trauma

Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
Academic Editor: Bradford A. Anderson
Religions 2022, 13(2), 91; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020091
Received: 5 December 2021 / Revised: 11 January 2022 / Accepted: 12 January 2022 / Published: 18 January 2022
By reading Jonah’s lament in Jonah 2 through the lens of trauma hermeneutics, this article will try to better understand the words that have been assigned to the main character Jonah, which represent a community’s deep sorrow in the aftermath of the unspeakable horrors of warfare. Read as an attempt to ascribe meaning to individual and collective trauma, I propose that Jonah’s lament in Jonah 2 taps into the metaphors and images available in the lament tradition of the Book of Psalms. The application of symbolic language in ascribing meaning to traumatic events is particularly significant, and may help us derive new layers of meaning from the words placed into the mouth of the prophet who finds himself in the belly of Sheol. View Full-Text
Keywords: trauma hermeneutics; Jonah 2; the book of Jonah; individual and collective trauma trauma hermeneutics; Jonah 2; the book of Jonah; individual and collective trauma
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Claassens, L.J. Finding Words in the Belly of Sheol: Reading Jonah’s Lament in Contexts of Individual and Collective Trauma. Religions 2022, 13, 91. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020091

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Claassens LJ. Finding Words in the Belly of Sheol: Reading Jonah’s Lament in Contexts of Individual and Collective Trauma. Religions. 2022; 13(2):91. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020091

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Claassens, L J. 2022. "Finding Words in the Belly of Sheol: Reading Jonah’s Lament in Contexts of Individual and Collective Trauma" Religions 13, no. 2: 91. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020091

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