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Was Jonah truly swallowed by a whale?
The biblical account is often criticized by skeptics because of its miraculous content. Dagon was a fish-god who enjoyed popularity among the pantheons of Mesopotamia and the eastern Mediterranean coast.
He is mentioned several times in the Bible in relation to the Philistines Judges Images of Dagon have been found in palaces and temples in Nineveh and throughout the region.
In some cases he was represented as a man wearing a fish. In others he was part man, part fish—a merman, of sorts. If such were the case, the Ninevites would have been greeted by a man whose skin, hair and clothes were bleached ghostly white—a man accompanied by a crowd of frenetic followers, many of who claimed to have witnessed him having been vomited upon the shore by a great fish plus any colorful exaggerations they might have added.
In the 3rd century B. Scholars generally identify this mysterious fish-man as an avatar of the Babylonian water-god Ea also known as Enki. Berosus wrote in Greek during the Hellenistic Period. Oannes is just a single letter removed from the Greek name Ioannes.
Ioannes happens to be one of the two Greek names used interchangeably throughout the Greek New Testament to represent the Hebrew name Yonah Jonahwhich in turn appears to be a moniker for Yohanan from which we get the English name John. Compare 2 Kings What this essentially means is that Berosus wrote of a fish-man named Jonah who emerged from the sea to give divine wisdom to man — a remarkable corroboration of the Hebrew account.
Berosus claimed to have relied upon official Babylonian sources for his information. Nineveh was conquered by the Babylonians under King Nabopolassar in B. If so, it appears that Jonah was deified and mythologized over a period of three centuries, first by the Assyrians, who no doubt associated him with their fish-god Dagon, and then by the Babylonians, who appear to have hybridized him with their own water-god, Ea.
He is said to be the son of Amittai cf. Flavius Josephus reiterates these details in his Antiquities of the Jews chapter 10, paragraph 2. Jonah was not an imaginary figure invented to play the part of a disobedient prophet, swallowed by a fish. As for the city of Nineveh, it was rediscovered in the 19th century after more than 2, years of obscurity.
It is now believed to have been the largest city in the world at the time of its demise see Tertius Chandler's Four Thousand Years of Urban Growth: New York,p.
Prior to its rediscovery, skeptics scoffed at the possibility that so large a city could have existed in the ancient world.
In fact, skeptics denied the existence of Nineveh altogether. Its rediscovery in the mids proved to be a remarkable vindication for the Bible, which mentions Nineveh by name 18 times and dedicates two entire books Jonah and Nahum to its fate.
It is interesting to note where the lost city of Nineveh was rediscovered. It was found buried beneath a pair of tells in the vicinity of Mosul in modern-day Iraq. These mounds are known by their local names, Kuyunjik and Nabi Yunus.
Most people assume that it was a cachalot also known as the sperm whale. It may very well have been a white shark. These are the cachalot and the white shark.
Both creatures are known to prowl the Mediterranean and have been known to Mediterranean sailors since antiquity. Aristotle described both species in his 4th-century B. So we now have three of the four major players: Jonah, Nineveh and the man-eating fish.
All that remains is the fourth major player: Skeptics scoff at the miracles described in the book of Jonah as if there were no mechanism by which such events could ever occur. That is their bias. We are inclined, however, to believe that there is One who is capable of manipulating natural phenomena in such supernatural ways.
We believe that He is the Creator of the natural realm and is not, therefore, circumscribed by it. God has made Himself known throughout history in many diverse ways, not the least of which was His incarnation in the Person of Jesus Christ.Thesis Statement: The whale shark tourism industry of Donsol, Sorsogon has greatly changed its economic state and its reputation, but the whale shark tourism poses also problems on the fishing industries which is Donsol’s main source of livelihood.
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