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Arme Jona tussen teks en werklikheid

P. J. Nel

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 20, No 1 (1999), 173-186. doi: 10.4102/ve.v20i1.1173

Submitted: 06 August 1999
Published:  06 August 1999


Poor Jonah between text and reality
The paper provides argumentation in favour of an alternative reading of the text of Jonah in order to free it from any obligation in terms of which it should be read as a historical discourse, without denying its legitimate truth claim(s). In actual fact, an argument is construed here which subsumes that the text’s authenticity can only be maintained when its peculiar mode (narrative) of communication is honored. An exposition is given of the central plot developed throughout the sequence of the episodes, and of the metaphoric contribution of the poem of chapter two. To free the character Jonah from the unduly negative receptions of traditional exegesis, the author seeks to displace him from the historical world and reintroduce him within the confines of the diegetic world of story.

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P. J. Nel, (UOVS), South Africa



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