Jonah’s Psalm

Jun 13, 14 • Context, Faithfully, Genre, Jonah2 CommentsRead More »

The psalm in Jonah 2:2-9 (2:3-10 in Hebrew) is a fine example of a thanksgiving psalm, and everything in its expression and theology would sound fine in the book of Psalms.

However, on Jonah’s lips after we have heard the narrative of chapter one, it takes a different flavour. Read in its place in the flow of this book it is ironic.

2 Responses to Jonah’s Psalm

  1. G Shaked says:

    This poem of Jonah is not only appropriate to Psalms by its content but also by form. For, it, as well as the Psalms contain both the syllables meter (and on the syllables meter see my blog in the “website” field). The specific syllables meter of this poem is 7->5->5, and the endings of the lines after this pattern are in free meter. So that we can conclude that this poem is similar to the Psalms (i.e. have syllables meter) yet a bit different (i.e. having free meter endings of lines).

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