Thursday, February 2, 2012

day 172 - Bible in a year

2KINGS 14:1-14, 2CHRONICLES 25:1-24, 2KINGS 13:12-13, 2KINGS 14:15-16, 2KINGS 14:23-27, 2CHRONICLES 25:25-28, 2KINGS 14:17-22, 2KINGS 15:1-5, 2CHRONICLES 26:1-21, JONAH 1:1-4:11

  • jonah 1:9And he said to them, I am a Hebrew, and I [reverently] fear and worship the Lord, the God of heaven, Who made the sea and the dry land.
  • 16Then the men [reverently and worshipfully] feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.
  • footnote:Jonah 1:2 In spite of the fact that Nineveh is called a "great city" three times in the Old Testament (Gen. 10:11, 12; Jonah 1:2; 3:3) and once in the Apocrypha (Judith 1:1), skeptical Bible critics long believed the statement to be greatly exaggerated. When the walled city was first excavated, it was found to be less than nine miles in circumference. That sparked cynical claims that the author, Jonah, did not know what he was talking about. But the real author, the Holy Spirit, was being overlooked. Later excavations have revealed that Nineveh had many suburbs, three of which are mentioned along with Nineveh in Gen. 10:11, 12. One first-century writer (Diodorus of Sicily) justifiably says that Nineveh was a quadrangle measuring about sixty miles in circuit--a "great city" indeed.

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