Sacred Truth Expository Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Jonah,
32.00 + P&H.
No commentator that I know of, understands the purpose and message of the Book of Jonah. This book is an amazing journey; a simple book misunderstood in regard to its general purpose and overall lesson; and many elements of the book are interpreted different by many. A very short book with remarkably very little detail, actually presents a larger-than-life story with amazing insight that no other commentator or theologian has ever uncovered; the illogic and outright heresy of many commentators and "experts" is scrutinized and refuted. I thought this commentary would only be about 150 pages... but I seem to have "hooked a big one" and it ran with me and I was just along for the ride until it was exhausted.
5-star Review by Dr., Professor Peter C. Patton
Many Christian commentators take Jonah as a parable as well; however, Jesus employed it as a simile of His three days and nights to be spent in Hades, as being like Jonah’s three days and nights in the belly of a great fish. If Jesus spoke of Jonah’s story as an historical event, then should not Christians, who claim to believe His message, as well? There are parables in the OT; they are identified by an introduction like the prophet Nathan’s parable to King David, “Two men there were…,” or “A man there was…,” then giving his name but not the name of his father, since he was not a real person. Further, any OT narrative representing history begins with a waw consecutive; this Hebrew “And then” connects it to the rest of the history the Bible is carefully relating. The Book of Jonah does not have the literary signature of an OT parable, but rather is presented as actual history introducing Jonah as the son of Amittai; Jesus also strongly indicated that it was, by using it as an historical simile of his own tribulation.
Upon reading his Jonah, I have now read all of Robert Balaicius Bible commentaries. His scholarship is flawless and he doesn’t just footnote his sources, he often quotes them at length, which is a great benefit if you are not the owner of a vast theological library like his. He cleaves very closely to scripture and faithfully represents Reformation theology. I can recommend him very highly.