The Prophet Jonah
Jonah (790-770 B.C.) "yonah" (dove).
Sent to warn the inhabitants of Nineveh (Capital of
Assyria) of God`s Judgement. Jonah fled his call because it
was the Assyrians who were destroying the Jews. As he was
escaping on a ship bound for Tarshish a great storm arose.
The sailors discovered that this tempest came on account of
Jonah so they threw him overboard. He was immediately
swallowed by a great sea monster prepared by God. Jonah
repented in the bowels of the creature and was released the
third morning. He came to Nineveh and said, "Yet forty
days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" As a result of his
preaching the people changed their ways and God spared the
city. Jonah was very upset at Gods mercy toward gentiles
(non-Jews) and by the lesson of a plant, God taught Jonah
about His love for all mankind and not just Israel.