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Introduction To Part IV

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The parable of Jonah's resistance to God's mission and his desire to assert his will in determining how God metes out justice against those who have sinned is a great example of man's affirmation of his selfhood, his interpretation of the world around him, and understanding of God's nature and power. During the Mobutu era, it is the message of the American evangelist Pat Robertson and the Christ-like bleeding hands of a European that were used to contain the population; God, they were told, did not want and would not allow bloodshed in the Congo, despite the ensuing current results. Biblical narratives provide examples of characters that are objectified through the gaze of others, yet become subjects and agents and shift from dependency and voicelessness to speaking subjects.

Keywords: Biblical narratives; God; Jonah's resistance



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