Though simple enough for a child to grasp, the book of Jonah is an extremely subtle and complex work full of wonderful literary artistry mixed with many layers of meaning. This study presents the book of Jonah as part of the unfolding, unified story of redemption pointing to Christ. Those interested in how the Old Testament points toward Christ will appreciate this new study of Jonah.
Though simple enough for a child to grasp, the book of Jonah is an extremely subtle and complex work full of wonderful literary artistry mixed with many layers of meaning. This study presents the book of Jonah as part of the unfolding, unified story of redemption pointing to Christ. Pastors, seminarians, and thoughtful readers interested in how the Old Testament points to Christ will appreciate this new study of Jonah.
Bryan D. Estelle (PhD, Semitic and Egyptian languages and literature, The Catholic University of America) is professor of Old Testament at Westminster Seminary in California.
At last a series on the Old Testament designed to provide reliable exposition, biblical theology, and a focus on Christ. . . . like manna in the desert to pastors, preachers, teachers, and many individual Christians who struggle to come to terms with how to read the Old Testament.
Bryan Estelle combines biblical-theological, historical, and literary insights to illuminate the message of Jonah. He shows us Christ in each movement of the story and guides us to respond in faith and obedience.
In this section-by-section reading of Jonah, Estelle offers a valuable blend of insights into the ancient Near Eastern setting of the book, interaction with its literary and theological subtleties, and relevant contemporary insights. Above all, he presents Christocentric reflections throughout, guiding the reader to see the One who is greater than Jonah.'
With a sharp eye to the intricate literary workings and multifaceted theological meanings of the book of Jonah, Estelle achieves a fine balance between textural exposition and contemporary application. Careful to avoid allegorization and resistant to the claim that finding Christ in the book constitutes a Christian colonization of the Old Testament, Estelle offers a well-reasoned and circumspect Christological reading of Jonah.