By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University)
The Book of Jonah is one of the shorter, not to mention more hermeneutically challenging, books of the Old Testament: how should we analyse and interpret this strange tale of a prophet being swallowed by a whale? Was it even a whale? Could the whole Book of Jonah, in fact, be satire? In the latest in our series of Bible analysis posts, let’s take a closer look at the tale of the prophet Jonah and the three days he spent in the belly of a ‘whale’.