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Jonah in the Shadows of Eden
Berger, Yitzhak

Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016 pp. xviii + 149. $60.00

Description: Yitzhak Berger advances a distinctive and markedly original interpretation of the biblical book of Jonah that resolves many of the ambiguities in the text. Berger contends that the Jonah text pulls from many inner-biblical connections, especially ones relating to the Garden of Eden. These connections provide a foundation for Bergerís reading of the story, which attributes multiple layers of meaning to this carefully crafted biblical book. Focusing on Jonah's futile quest and his profoundly troubled response to God's view of the sins of humanity, Berger shows how the book paints Jonah as a pacifist no less than as a moralist.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Literature, Jonah

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Review by Paul L. Redditt
Published 6/15/2017
Citation: Paul L. Redditt, review of Yitzhak Berger, Jonah in the Shadows of Eden, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2017).

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