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BOOK REVIEWS – JESOT 4.2 (2015)

BOOK REVIEWS

Celebrate Her for the Fruit of Her Hands: Studies in Honor of Carol L. Meyers edited by Susan Ackerman, Charles E. Carter,

and Beth Alpert Nakhai (Reviewed by M. Sneed)

2 Samuel by Robert Barron (Reviewed by M. Y. Emerson)

For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship by Daniel I. Block (Reviewed by J. M. Philpot)

The Artistic Dimension: Literary Explorations of the Hebrew Bible by Keith Bodner (Reviewed by D. J. Fuller)

Evil Within and Without: The Source of Sin and Its Nature as Portrayed in Second Temple Literature by Myryam T. Brand (Reviewed by L.-S. Tiemeyer)

Psalms in Their Context: An Interpretation of Psalms 107–118 by John C. Crutchfield (Reviewed by P. C. W. Ho)

YHWH is King: The Development of Divine Kingship in Ancient Israel by Shawn W. Flynn (Reviewed by D. S. Diffey)

Huldah: The Prophet who Wrote Hebrew Scripture by Preston Kavanagh (Reviewed by B. Stovell)

Ancient Israel’s History. An Introduction to Issues and Sources edited by Bill T. Arnold and Richard S. Hess(Reviewed by K. van Bekkum)

Bound for the Promised Land: The Land Promise in God’s Redemptive Plan by Oren R. Martin (Reviewed by R. M. Fox)

The Text of the Hebrew Bible: From the Rabbis to the Masoretes edited by Elvira Martín-Contreras and Lorena Miralles-Maciá (Reviewed by L.-S. Tiemeyer)

Ruth by James McKeown (Reviewed by R. Purcell)

Scribal Laws: Exegetical Variation in the Textual Transmission of Biblical Law in the Late Second Temple Period by David Andrew Teeter (Reviewed by J. F. Quant)

Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, Septuagint by Emanuel Tov (Reviewed by E. R. Brotzman)

Zechariah by Al Wolters (Reviewed by M. Rogland)

“The Pious Prayer of an Imperfect Prophet: The Psalm of Jonah in Its Narrative Context” by IAN J. VAILLANCOURT

“The Pious Prayer of an Imperfect Prophet: The Psalm of Jonah in Its Narrative Context” by IAN J. VAILLANCOURT

ABSTRACT: The question of whether the psalm of Jonah 2 is integrative or disruptive in its narrative context greatly effects one’s interpretation of the book of Jonah as a whole. While the older historical-critical scholars have almost universally concluded that the psalm of Jonah was a disruptive addition to an otherwise coherent narrative, more recent canonical interpreters have tended to argue for its integrative nature. Utilizing the canonical method of interpretation, this article freshly evaluates the issues and argues for the integrative nature of the psalm of Jonah in its narrative context by exploring: 1) comparative vocabulary between psalm and narrative in Jonah; 2) the phenomenon of Hebrew poetry inserted into narrative; 3) the psalm’s contribution to the theme of irony in Jonah; 4) the psalm of Jonah in the broader context of the Book of the Twelve; and 5) a rethinking of the problem of Jonah’s conflicted character between psalm and narrative. 

KEYWORDS: Jonah, Canonical, Characterization, Integrative, Narrative, Psalm