Jonah - Nova Vulgata
Written in the postexilic era, probably in the fifth century B.C., this book is a didactic story with an important theological message. It concerns a disobedient prophet who attempted to run away from his divine commission, was cast overboard and swallowed by a great fish, rescued in a marvelous manner, and sent on his way to Nineveh, the traditional enemy of Israel. To the surprise of Jonah, the wicked city listened to his message of doom and repented immediately. All, from king to lowliest subject, humbled themselves in sackcloth and ashes. Seeing their repentance, God did not carry out the punishment he had planned for them. Whereupon Jonah complained to God about the unexpected success of his mission; he was bitter because Yahweh, instead of destroying, had led the people to repentance and then spared them. From this partly humorous story, a very sublime lesson may be drawn. Jonah stands for a narrow and vindictive mentality, all too common among the Jews of that period. Because they were the chosen people, a good many of them cultivated an intolerant nationalism which limited the mercy of God to their nation. It was abhorrent to their way of thinking that nations as wicked as Assyria should escape his wrath.
The prophecy, which is both instructive and entertaining, strikes directly at this viewpoint. It is a parable of mercy, showing that God's threatened punishments are but the expression of a merciful will which moves all men to repent and seek forgiveness. The universality of the story contrasts sharply with the particularistic spirit of many in the postexilic community. The book has also prepared the way for the gospel with its message of redemption for all, both Jew and Gentile. - (NAB)

  • Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II, ratione habita iussu Pauli PP. VI recognita, auctoritate Ioannis Pauli PP. II promulgata
  • Editio typica altera

  • Headings

    Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II

    Ratione habita iussu Pauli PP. VI recognita

    Auctoritate Ioannis Pauli PP. II promulgata


    NOVA VULGATA

    EDITIO TYPICA ALTERA


    IONAS (NV)


    1 Surrexit Ionas, ut fugeret a facie Domini


    3 Conversi sunt Ninivitae de via sua mala...

    ... et misertus est Deus
    4 Tu doles super hederam, et ego non parcam Ninive civitati magnae?

    Version
    Revised Standard Version (1966) - English
    Biblia del Pueblo di Dio (BPD) - Spanish
    Vulgata - Stuttgart 1969 - Latin
    BÝblia Sagrada Ave-Maria (1957) - Portuguese
    La Sainte Bible (Crampon 1904) - French
    CEI (1974) - Italian
    Einheits▄bersetzung der Heiligen Sc - German