Philippe Guillaume, «The End of Jonah is the Beginning of Wisdom», Vol. 87 (2006) 243-250
Is God, at the end of the book of Jonah, claiming that he will not destroy Nineveh? Or should the straight-forward reading of the Hebrew and Greek texts be taken at face value as claimed ten years ago by Alan Cooper? Although they do not challenge the common reading of the end of Jonah as a rhetorical question, the results of recent studies on Jonah support Cooper’s contention. Reading “You had pity over the plant… but I will not pity Nineveh…” makes more sense and places Jonah on a par with Job.