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The Book of Jonah

Class Jonah 1-4 14 Hours

Explore the complex picture of God’s mercy found in this familiar story.

Class Overview

The book of Jonah is much more than a children’s story—it’s a picture of all the beauty, potential, and challenges the Bible presents to its readers. See how this sophisticated literature fits into the larger biblical story and what it means for us today.

13hrs 14min
Lecture Time
9
Units
45
Video Sessions
8
Exercises
Dr. Tim Mackie

Your Instructor

Dr. Tim Mackie
Tim Mackie is a writer and creative director for BibleProject. He has a PhD in Semitic Languages and Biblical Studies. He wrote his dissertation on the manuscript history of the book of Ezekiel, with a focus on the Septuagint and Dead Sea Scrolls. What a total nerd! He is a professor at Western Seminary and served as a teaching pastor for many years.

Class Sessions

Unit 00: Introduction
1
Class Objectives
2
Class Handouts
Unit 01: Our Assumptions About the Story of Jonah
Unit 1 Introduction
1
Session 1: Relearning the Story of Jonah
18:21
2
Session 2: How to Read a Text Like the Hebrew Bible
12:44
3
Session 3: (Q&R) Old Testament 101 According to Jesus
10:05
4
Session 4: The Main Message of the Hebrew Scriptures
9:17
5
Session 5: (Q&R) How to Read the Bible
8:30
6
Unit Summary
Exercises
3 Questions
Unit 02: The Literary Context of the Book of Jonah
Unit 2 Introduction
1
Session 6: Introduction to the Ancient TaNaK Order
21:44
2
Session 7: (Q&R) Reflection on Jonah and the TaNaK Order
9:29
3
Session 8: The “Seams” of the TaNaK
18:19
4
Session 9: (Q&R) The Biblical Pattern
10:32
5
Unit Summary
Exercises
5 Questions
Unit 03: Hyperlinks and Patterns Between Jonah and the Rest of Scripture
Unit 3 Introduction
1
Session 10: Hyperlinks in the Text
17:52
2
Session 11: (Q&R) Nineveh
7:05
3
Session 12: Biblical Patterns the Author Assumes You Know
36:04
4
Session 13: God’s Character Summarized
22:44
5
Session 14: (Q&R) God’s Character
24:33
6
Unit Summary
Exercises
3 Questions
Unit 04: Links Between Literary Units
Unit 4 Introduction
1
Prework
2
Session 15: Noticing Repeated Words
17:47
3
Session 16: How to Read an Ancient Text
15:45
4
Session 17: Repeated Words and Implications for Literary Design
27:09
5
Session 18: Hyperlinks in the Hebrew Bible
21:59
6
Session 19: (Q&R) Seeing the Hyperlinks
17:09
7
Session 20: Hyperlinks in Star Wars and in Jonah
12:26
8
Session 21: (Q&R) Expectations Created by Hyperlinks
6:55
9
Introduction to the Jonah Project
10
Unit Summary
Exercises
6 Questions
Unit 05: Jonah 1
Unit 5 Introduction
1
Prework
2
Session 22: Why Does Jonah Flee to Tarshish?
27:42
3
Session 23: (Q&R) Jonah’s Flight
13:49
4
Session 24: The Symmetry of the Ship Scene
9:05
5
Session 25: (Q&R) Jonah’s Motives
10:00
6
Session 26: The Upside-Down Character of Jonah
23:35
7
Session 27: Relationships Between Jonah and the Story of the Bible
28:37
8
Session 28: (Q&R) Jonah 1
8:00
9
Jonah Project: Jonah 1
10
Unit Summary
Exercises
4 Questions
Unit 06: Jonah 2
Unit 6 Introduction
1
Session 29: The Meaning of the Great Fish
24:58
2
Session 30: (Q&R) Swallowed by the Sea Monster
17:15
3
Session 31: The Meaning of Three Days and Three Nights
10:38
4
Session 32: (Q&R) Three Days and Three Nights
8:02
5
Session 33: Metaphors for Death in Hebrew Poetry
25:29
6
Session 34: Jonah’s Prayer: Oddities and Observations
8:14
7
Session 35: (Q&R) What’s Going on With Jonah’s Prayer?
31:46
8
Jonah Project: Jonah 2
9
Unit Summary
Exercises
3 Questions
Unit 07: Jonah 3
Unit 7 Introduction
1
Session 36: Jonah’s One-Day Walk Into Nineveh
24:31
2
Session 37: Jonah’s Five-Word Sermon to the Ninevites
15:19
3
Session 38: Does God Change His Mind?
21:51
4
Session 39: (Q&R) God’s Response to the Ninevites
10:23
5
Jonah Project: Jonah 3
6
Unit Summary
Exercises
3 Questions
Unit 08: Jonah 4
Unit 8 Introduction
1
Session 40: Jonah as Similar to the Disbelieving Israelites
21:43
2
Session 41: (Q&R) Why is Jonah so Angry?
11:20
3
Session 42: A Tale of Two Shelters
22:15
4
Session 43: (Q&R) The Meaning of Terms in Jonah
9:22
5
Session 44: God’s Pity vs. Jonah’s Pity
26:00
6
Session 45: (Q&R) The Ending of Jonah
34:28
7
Jonah Project: Jonah 4
8
Unit Summary
Exercises
3 Questions
Unit 09: Final Project
Unit 9 Introduction
1
Final Project
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