Jonah's Death Wish

By Ruhama Weiss

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, September 2012

Weiss reads the (non-poetic) words attributed to Jonah himself in the Book of Jonah and observes that Jonah appears to have a death wish, born of his commitment to justice over mercy. Jonah will believe in a God only if that God will sentence him to death. But God is not prepared to be Jonah's executioner; He will not collaborate with Jonah's merciless worldview. Jonah's punishment will be to bring forgiveness to the world.

Topic: Theology, Justice, Faith, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Belief, Jewish Text, Religion

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/No.692

Page Number(s): 6-7

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Identifier: issn:0049-0385

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Weiss, Ruhama. Jonah's Death Wish. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. September 2012: 6-7. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14279


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