February is fast approaching, and with it my responsibility to preach on Jonah. In my cold-induced haze, I went stumbling through my as-yet-unboxed commentaries looking to find my stash on Jonah. There was one in particular I was looking for, one that finally became available in the U.S. only recently. Sinclair Ferguson’s Man Overboard! seemed to be just that- lost at sea! I could not find it.
This morning, since we all have horrible colds and did not go to public worship, I was doing a bit of cleaning. A thought came to mind of a few places it just might be. I could not imagine putting it in a box. I had 3 places in mind, and thankfully it was in the 3rd place. I rejoice that I will be able to refer to Sinclair Ferguson’s fine little book on the wayward prophet.
Man Overboard!: the Story of Jonah by Sinclair Ferguson. He is a theologian who writes with a pastor’s heart. This little book is no different. You are not overwhelmed with Hebrew (though there is some in important places), or tedious arguments for/against the historicity of Jonah. That is not the purpose of this book. It is to drive the message of Jonah into your heart. Perhaps this first chapter will whet your appetite.
Salvation Through Judgment and Mercy: The Gospel According to Jonah by Bryan Estelle. This is part of the Gospel in the Old Testament Series which I love and recommend. It keeps these Old Testament books within the larger context of the whole of Scripture- the message of reconciliation accomplished through Christ.
Hosea-Jonah (WBC Series) by Douglas Stuart. I heard Dr. Stuart preach at my church in NH way back when. I have pretty much all his commentaries. Yes, I was impressed. I have not read this yet, but have started the section on Jonah. As is common in the Word Biblical Commentary Series, it is more academic. It has lots of Hebrews and interacts with the various views put forth by scholastic liberals. It is a very good academic commentary, though not all of them in this series are as solidly evangelical.
Here are some books I don’t have, but find interesting.
Jonah (Geneva Commentary Series) by Hugh Martin. It is small, and published by Banner of Truth. Based on reputation, I’d say this is a concise, solid commentary.
Jonah: A Study in Compassion by O. Palmer Robertson. Once again published by Banner of Truth, this book brings the perspective of the missionary-theologian to bear on the book.