The Sign of Jonah

971 Words Jan 28th, 2018 4 Pages
In this story, the people ask Jesus for a sign from heaven, Jesus in return calls the generation of people evil and denies them a sign. He in return gives the people the sign of Jonah. Jesus says the Queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the generation and condemn it. This story has many similarities in both Matthew and Luke, but there are also some very key differences as well. This paper will compare both stories of the Sign of Jonah in both Matthew and Luke, and also compare these stories to the book of Mark where Jesus refuses to give the people any sign at all. The story of the Sign of Jonah is grammatically very similar in each of its parallel versions. The main differences in the stories come from the additions or deletion of certain information. In the gospel of Luke, Jesus gives the sign of Jonah by saying “For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, the Son of Man will be to this generation .” While in the gospel of Matthew, Jesus says “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth. ” In both Matthew and Luke, Jesus gives the people the sign of Jonah, however in each story the meaning of the sign changes due to these additions. Luke uses the sign of Jonah in order to preach the importance of repentance . Jonah was a prophet who preached to…
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