Jonah, Robinsons and Unlimited Gods: Re-reading Jonah as a Sea Adventure Story

Andreas Kunz-Lübcke


The plot of the book of Jonah combines the motifs of a hero swallowed by a sea-monster with a hero rescued by a fish. The hero has to cross and survive the sea (as sphere of danger and death). In this article it is argued that the Book of Jonah belongs to a certain type of adventure stories, in which the hero not only survives his adventures but also experiences an intensive encounter with God.


Encounter with God; sea travel/adventure story; Egyptian; biblical and western sea adventure stories

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Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391