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Discussion for September 13, 2015: What are your insights, ideas, thoughts about Jonah 1 and 2? What do you make of Jonah's song/psalm in chapter two?

Posted by Carol-Ann Bloom on September 13, 2015, 8:52 PM

I'm sorry, but what I wanted to say was how I was struck with the image of Jonah in the big fish. Perhaps I'm naive but there are so many symbols of the fish in the Bible...the parable of the Loaves and Fishes; Jesus drawing a fish in the sand, as a symbol of Christianity, Jesus' fisherman disciples, and their becoming fishers of men.
Posted by Rachel Kerr on September 13, 2015, 9:10 PM

I'm struck by the idea of the fish as a manifestation of God's love. I've always heard the story taught as if the fish was a punishment. But when we look at it as if it were instead a manifestation of love, I can see a lot more relevance (and humor). In hindsight, I can think of several "big fishes" in my life where I feel the divine put an unusual situation in my path in order to help me avert disaster or a bad decision. Whether or not these "big fish" vomited me up onto dry land...remains to be seen. :)
Posted by Scot on September 14, 2015, 11:06 AM

The universal story of life locked in the unconscious. You go into the water, into the belly of the whale. The abyss from which you emerge transformed. When hopeless life is fouls precisely where you do not want to go.
Posted by John and Karen Marsh on September 14, 2015, 12:24 PM

It shows if one does not do as God wants, there will be storms in your life.
Posted by Victoria on September 16, 2015, 11:12 AM

Thanks, everyone, for your posts. And Yes, Carol-Ann, so much fish imagery in Christianity! I continue to ponder the descending/ascending, abyss-leads-to-transformation idea. It's a powerful truth of the human condition, no matter what stage of life we're in. It reminds me of a book called "Diving Deep and Surfacing." Seems to me that, again and again, the Bible -- Old Testament and New -- calls us to dive deep and surface.
Posted by Victoria on September 16, 2015, 12:33 PM

P.S. The book I referenced is "Diving Deep and Surfacing: Women Writers On Spiritual Quest" by Carol Christ. (Yes, her last name is Christ, but it's pronounced "Krihst". Published back in 1990, and still a very fine read.

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