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Jonah and the whale...did it happen?

JOPPA, AD 22

Yesterday a visiting Jewish scholar addressed a question that has challenged many who wonder whether the Jewish scriptures are literal truth. According to Gadiah, a Philistine interpreter, the Jewish tutor explained the story as illustrative of the dilemma of humankind.

“We all seek to escape our destinies, much as did Jonah,” said Gadiah. “According to Joshua*, the Jewish scribe, we humans too often flee from our duties at hand, to far-off enticements. Such a flight can only cause pain and sorrow, and eventual captivity in darkness, much like the belly of the whale was for Jonah. But if such individuals sincerely seek light and truth they will be ejected by the circumstances of life onto the shore of new opportunities … upon the beach of the freedom of loving service and wise living.”

Asked whether the story of Jonah is literally true, Gadiah seemed perplexed. “You know, Joshua never really said whether it was literally true or not. I guess he implied that, at least, the story illustrates a great truth.”

*Jesus was often known as Joshua on this journey.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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