Jonah and History

"Many people feel that the account given in the Bible of Jonah is legendary, since even if there were a fish big enough to swallow a man, certainly no man would be able to survive three days in its digestive tract and then escape to the outside world. However, again and again, Jesus referred to this as a historical event, and even pointed to it as a foreshadowing of his own death and resurrection. There are, however, several documented accounts of people who have been swallowed by whales and large fish, and have lived to tell about it, even after several days. The preservation of the name "Yunas" or "Jonah" at the ruins of Nineveh also confirms the historicity of the Jonah story. As soon as modern discoverers unearthed the mound that had been known for centuries by the name of "Neby Yunas," they found beneath it the ruined palaces of the kings of Nineveh."

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