Book Review: The Prodigal Prophet

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Prodigal Prophet:  Jonah And The Mystery Of God’s Mercy, by Timothy Keller

In this short and easy-to-read book, the author makes an interesting commentary on the book of Job and its applicability for contemporary believers by comparing Job’s actions to both of the two prodigal sons in Jesus’ famous parable.  While I am not familiar with this particular connection being drawn before, it certainly is a very sensible connection to make.  After all, Jonah has a bifid sort of structure, the first part of which looks at Jonah’s rebellion against God’s command to preach to Nineveh and God’s mercy upon his disobedient prophet and the second part of which looks at Jonah’s fulfilling of that mission but without understanding God’s mercy for all humanity.  The author seems to take a dimmer view of Jonah than I would, which is not hard because most people take a dim view of…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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