Jonah, son of Amittai: a prophet of this name lived at the time of Jeroboam II (786–746 B.C.).
Tarshish: identified by many with Tartessus, an ancient Phoenician colony in southwest Spain; precise identification with
any particular Phoenician center in the western Mediterranean is uncertain. To the Hebrews it stood for the far west.
Since it has pleased the Lord to punish Jonah, the mariners ask that in ridding themselves of him they be not charged with
the crime of murder.
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