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Imagery and Religious Conversion. The Symbolic Function of Jonah 1:13

Oancea, Constantin;
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  • Published: 07 Mar 2018 Journal: Religions, volume 9, issue 3 (issn: 2077-1444, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
Jonah 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, direct...
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free text keywords: theology, Old Testament, Jonah, biblical imagery, religious conversion, lcsh:Religions. Mythology. Rationalism, lcsh:BL1-2790, Connotation, Narrative, Aesthetics, Religious conversion, History, The Symbolic, Old Testament
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