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Der Fisch des Jona: Zoologie

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The Holy Bible is full of living things, their concrete form remains open and the species identification can hardly succeed today's exegetes. Integration of scriptural interpretation and zoology certainly delivers the flight of the prophet Jonah and his involuntary stay in a huge fish, with which an entire catalog had to connect to anatomical issues. The patristic and medieval commentators give the typological interpretation which they had found in Scripture. This chapter presents an overview on the protection of the shark hypothesis and Jonas shark in the ichthyological and ethnographic literature. Over a thousand years, the fish had framed the miracle of nature, where they saw the limits had to be a witness to the miracle. The Zoology acted not only as a foundation for verification of the miracle, but tied the creation of the present into the homiletic practice. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: huge fish; Jonah; medieval commentators; patristic commentators; shark hypothesis; zoology



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