The New American Commentary Outline of Jonah

Outline of Jonah

I.       God’s First Call and Jonah’s Response (1:1–16)

1.   God’s Instruction and the Prophet’s Flight (1:1–3)

2.   The Storm at Sea (1:4–6)

3.   Unveiling of Responsibility and Identity (1:7–10)

4.   Stilling of the Storm (1:11–16)

II.     God’s Rescue of the Rebellious Prophet (1:17–2:10)

1.   God’s Protection and Jonah’s Prayer (1:17–2:9)

(1)  The “Appointed” Fish (1:17)

(2)  The Prophet in Prayer (2:1)

(3)  The Psalm of Thanksgiving (2:2–9)

2.   The Prophet’s Deliverance (2:10)

III.    God’s Second Commission and Jonah’s Obedience (3:1–10)

1.   God’s Renewal of His Commission (3:1–2)

2.   The Prophet’s Preaching and Nineveh’s Response (3:3–9)

(1)  The Short Sermon (3:3–4)

(2)  The Response of the People (3:5)

(3)  The Response of the King (3:6–9)

3.   God’s Response (3:10)

IV.    Jonah’s Displeasure and God’s Response (4:1–11)

1.   The Prophet’s Displeasure (4:1–3)

2.   God’s Response (4:4–11)

(1)  The Probing Question (4:4)

(2)  The Pouting Prophet (4:5)

(3)  God’s Methods of Discipline (4:6–8)

(4)  The Rebuke (4:9)

(5)  God’s Mercy (4:10–11)[1]


[1] Smith, B. K., & Page, F. S. (2001). Vol. 19B: Amos, Obadiah, Jonah (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (222). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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