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Swallowed by a song: Jonah and the Jonah-Psalm through the looking-glass

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The author uses the mirror to look at the book of Jonah, and more specifically the psalm in its second chapter (Jon 2.3-9), the so-called 'Jonah-psalm'. In more metaphorical terms, the Jonah-psalm swallows the prophet Jonah mentioned in 2 Kgs 14.25 and regurgitates him in a critique of a theology of retribution and a narrow view of Israel's mission. Alastair Hunter's insight that the psalm may be the heart of Jonah could be the equivalent of a Copernican shift in Jonah studies: placing the psalm at the heart of the work places reading at the heart of the work.

Keywords: Alastair Hunter; Copernican shift; Jonah-psalm



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