Jonah Bible Study Resources

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Study questions, maps, charts, outlines, and links to help you study the Old Testament book of Jonah.

Jump to: Background; ** Maps; ** Key Words; ** Encyclopedias; ** Commentaries; ** Articles; ** GotQuestions ** Next **


  • Jonah was a prophet from the village of Gath Hepher, located approximately 3 miles north of Nazareth.
  • Jesus likened the prophet Jonah to himself (Matthew 12:39-41).
  • The story of Jonah involves almost exclusively a Gentile nation.
  • Nineveh was a world empire for about 300 years from 900-60 BC.
  • Jonah was a contemporary of Jeroboam II, King of Israel 782-753 BC.
  • Assyria’s willingness to repent may have been helped by a plague in 765 BC; a solar eclipse in 763 BC and another plague in 759 BC.
  • The repentance of Nineveh probably took place during the reign of Ashurdan (773-755 BC).
  • After repenting due to the preaching of Jonah, the city stood for another 150 years until the Babylonians rebelled against the Assyrians in 636 BC and conquered Nineveh in 612 BC.

Genre: Understanding Narrative

Section 1: Background


Introduction to the Prophets

Chart: Bible History at a glance

Blue Letter Bible: Old Testament Timeline

Biblehub: Jeremiah Overview

Biblehub: The Divided Kingdom

Chart: Kings of Israel & Judah

Bible Atlas: Nineveh

Bible Atals: Tarshish

Bible Atlas: Assyria

Bible Atlas: Jerusalem

Minor Prophets Quotes in the New Testament

Jensen’s Survey of the Old Testament

Hebrew Calendar

Ray C Stedman: Overview of the Book

John MacArthur: Author, Date, Background

NIV: Introduction to the Minor Prophets

NIV: Introduction to Jonah

ESV: Introduction to Jonah

ESV: The Global Message of Jonah

James Van Dine: Analysis of Jonah

JVernon McGee: Jonah – Introductory Notes, Outlines

David Malick:An Introduction to the Book of Jonah

David Malick: An Argument of the Book of Jonah

Charles Swindoll: Book of Jonah Overview

Section 2: Maps

Section 3: Key Words

Key Words

  • Compassion (compassionate), relent (s), turn (turned), pray (prayer, prayed), perish, Lord, called on the Lord (called out to the Lord).

Section 4: Encyclopedias

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology: Jonah, Theology Of

American Tract Society: Jonah

Bridgeway Bible Dictionary: Jonah

Easton’s Bible Dictionary: Jonah, Book Of ; Jonah

Fausset Bible Dictionary: Jonah

Holman Bible Dictionary: Jonah

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Jonah; Jonah

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Jonah

Morrish Bible Dictionary: Jonah

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Jonah

McClintock and Strong: Jonah

The Jewish Encyclopedia: Jonah; Jonah, Book of

1911 Encyclopedia Britannica: Jonah

World Jewish Bible Society: The Book of Jonah

Section 5: Commentaries

Commentaries & Study Bibles Top 5 Commentaries: Jonah

Tim Challies Best Commentaries:

Commentary Reviews: Jonah

Biblehub Commentaries: Jonah

Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible: Jonah

Matthew Henry: Jonah

Albert Barnes Notes: Jonah

Reformation Study Bible Notes: Jonah

Geneva Study Bible: Jonah

Precept Austin Commentaries & Sermons: Jonah

Don Anderson: Minor Prophets Study Guide

Section 6: Articles


Reading Jonah Again for the First Time by Robert Spender

The Prophet Jonah and His Message Part 1 by Gerald B. Stanton

The Prophet Jonah and His Message Part 2 by Gerald B. Stanton

The Power of Biblical Preaching- An Expository Study of Jonah 3:1-10 by Steven J. Lawson

Gregg Allen: The Lord of Storms

Christian Friend: The Book of Jonah.

Steven Cole: Jonah 1-3 God’s Reluctant Missionary

Section 7: Got Questions

Book of Jonah – Bible Survey

What are the Major Prophets and Minor Prophets?

Who was Jonah in the Bible?

Why did Jonah try to go to Tarshish instead of Nineveh?

Was Jonah truly swallowed by a whale?

Did Jonah die while he was in the belly of the fish (Jonah 2)?

Why was Jonah angry that the Ninevites repented (Jonah 4:1-2)?

What does Jonah 4:11 mean by people who cannot tell their right hand from their left?

What is the sign of Jonah?

Section 8: Next

Next: Micah

Previous: Obadiah

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