Jonah (Cat’s Cradle) Jonah is the narrator of Kurt Vonnegut’s satiric science-fiction novel, Cat’s Cradle, first published in 1963. Jonah (also known as John) narrates the book and is a minor character in it, just like Ishmael of Moby Dick; he even begins the book with “Call me Jonah”. Jonah is writing a book about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki when he comes across the story of the (fictional) co-creator of the atom bomb. He becomes involved with the grown children of that scientist, and together they embark upon a typically Vonnegut-inspired fantastic adventure on a Caribbean island. The plot includes a mad dictator, a nihilistic religious cult, an invented substance that pollutes the waters and kills most of the population, and a final apocalypse. Throughout all this, our Jonah manages to come across as a man of common sense and high humor, although deeply pessimistic at the same time. Well, wouldn’t you be?
Jonah - a song by Breathe
Jonah - a song by Paul Simon
Jonah and the Whale - a song by Tim O'Brien
A Special Fish for Jonah: Because God Has a Job for Everyone (Andy McGuire) - Author and artist Andy McGuire presents a refreshing children’s look at the story of Jonah with unforgettable watercolor characters, witty prose, and a heartwarming lesson that God has a special job for everyone. The wave of excitement starts when God assigns Angelfish the daunting task of choosing the right sea creature to swallow a man and then catapult him onto land. As Angelfish nears the end of the hilarious auditions, she discovers how God plans to tackle this mission: “I’ll swallow anything,” said the special fish. “I’ve swallowed furniture and tools and toys and treasure chests and small boats. If it falls in the water, I’ll swallow it.” The angelfish smiled. “Have I got a job for you!” Parents, grandparents, and teachers will enjoy sharing this whale of a tale to remind children that God uses each of us in unique ways to do His work. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Jonah and the Big Fish (Kelly Pulley) - Jonah and the Big Fish, part of The Beginner's Bible series, is now one of the I Can Read books for early readers. In this story, children will discover what happened when Jonah ran away from God. And they'll smile when they read that Jonah prays for and receives forgiveness. This easy-to-read book serves as a steppingstone to encourage early readers to learn about God. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Whale And Jonah (Deedra Scherm) - It’s a whale of a tale, but believe me…it’s true! Enjoy this wonderful Bible story told from the whale’s perspective as he recounts the story of how God is faithful to forgive! Little ones will enjoy the message of this book while being delighted by the engaging illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Jonah - Jonah Hill (actor)
Famous People who Named their Son Jonah - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Jonah.
Jonah from the Bible (8th Century B.C.) - We already told you the Biblical story of Jonah and the “whale” above, but there’s more to Jonah. After the “big fish” spits Jonah back up safely on land, and after Jonah wisely agrees to heed the original command of God to go to Assyria and preach, the prophet sets off for Nineveh to deliver God’s threat of destruction. In fact, Jonah almost can’t wait to be the bearer of bad news to the people of the ancient Near East whom he despises. “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” [Jonah 3:4] He gleefully exclaims. What he’s not prepared for is that the Assyrians actually listen. They do exactly what God wants; they repent. Every last one of them. So God spares them, and Jonah has the audacity to be displeased with the Lord, accusing him in essence of being too merciful. Jonah sets up camp outside of the city waiting to see what will transpire with the Assyrians and probably to pout some more. God sends scorching heat to the area, but grows a plant high enough to provide shade for Jonah. The next day, God sends a worm to destroy the plant, leaving no more shade. Jonah whines and cries that he wants to die. God explains that Jonah cared about this plant even though he neither created nor planted it. But it was valuable to him nonetheless. In other words, how can God not care about the humans and animals He created. How can He not show them mercy when they are willing to right a wrong? So goes the short Book of Jonah in the Bible.