Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives: A Verse-by-Verse Contemporary Commentary  -     By: Rabbi Steven Bob
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Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives: A Verse-by-Verse Contemporary Commentary

Jewish Publication Society / 2016 / Paperback

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Jonah is unique among Old Testament prophets; instead of bravely proclaiming repentance to Nineveh, he fled from God's presence. Bob draws on commentaries by Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Kimchi, Abarbanel, and Malbim---as well as examples from modern culture and personal experience---to honor the great God of second chances. 248 pages, softcover. Jewish Publication Society.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 248
Vendor: Jewish Publication Society
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0827612206
ISBN-13: 9780827612204

Publisher's Description

The Book of Jonah stands unique among the biblical books of the prophets because it is almost entirely narrative. And, in contrast to all the other prophets portrayed as admirable individuals who bravely speak God’s word, Jonah stands out as flawed and fleeing from God. We are drawn to Jonah because God gives him an opportunity to redeem himself. His experience inspires us to find our own second chances—and our own paths to meaningful growth.

Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives draws on commentaries of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Kimchi, Abarbanel, and the Malbim, as well as contemporary culture and personal experiences to reveal the hidden meanings of this perplexing biblical story. In so doing, it explores many of the larger questions and topics we face, including human nature, our relationship with God, and how we understand ourselves and lead our lives. Rabbi Steven Bob’s verse-by-verse commentary intimately connects the ancient wisdom of the text with the reality of our own lives, providing us with inspiration and guidance.

Author Bio

Rabbi Steven Bob has served as senior rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim, in Lombard, Illinois, since 1981. He is the author of Go to Nineveh: Medieval Jewish Commentaries to the Book of Jonah, Translated and Explained.

Editorial Reviews

"There is hardly a better-known biblical story than Jonah. Yet Rabbi Steven Bob shows us in this skillfully written book an even more familiar Jonah, one we can see in the mirror every day. Life’s enigmas and dilemmas are somehow less anxiety-producing in light of the lessons we find in Jonah’s experiences."—Rabbi Norman M. Cohen, author of Jewish Bible Personages in the New Testament

"Starting with classic insights from Rashi, David Kimchi, and Isaac Abarbanel, and then moving on to Moby Dick, Bob Dylan, Kurt Vonnegut, and Major League Baseball, the biblical book of Jonah comes alive with stories and lessons that speak to the heart."—Mark Dov Shapiro, author of Gates of Shabbat: A Guide for Observing Shabbat

"I first met the prophet Jonah in Sunday school. I thought of him as a friend, a friend whom I got to know better in seminary. Now, twenty-five years later, I have met him again in a fresh, conversational, and insightful way through Rabbi Bob."—Rev. Wendy J. Boden, Southminster Presbyterian Church, Glen Elynn, Illinois

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