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Commentary on Jonah

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Jonah, son of Amittai: a prophet of this name lived at the time of Jeroboam II (786–746 B.C.).

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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.

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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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