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date: 17 October 2019

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This chapter analyzes Jonah’s silence at the end of the eponymous book as a justifiable act of resistance employed by the weak against the rhetoric of the strong. A postcolonial interpretation of the Jonah narrative reveals that God, employing a rhetorical tactic often employed by those in power, deprives Jonah of the opportunity to discuss the real reason for his anger by reframing the focus of their dialogue, from its larger historical context involving the legitimacy of God’s plan to save Nineveh to a narrower issue of God’s sovereignty over the life of a plant. The chapter posits that Jonah remains silent at the end of the book because he is trapped by divine rhetoric, which effectively removes the consideration of the power differential between the strong and the weak, intentionally focusing only on the present situation through dehistorization and decontextualization.

Keywords: Jonah, Nineveh, postcolonial, anger of the oppressed, rhetoric of the strong, silence as resistance

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