Jonah does not complain that God loves, only that He loves "too much," without discrimination or faithfulness, showing rab khesed, "too much" love for the wrong people (sinners), undoubtedly, but by that very fact not enough love for his beloved. (p. xxxi) Perry makes clear that his intention is not to establish a singular, authoritative meaning to the text, but rather to explore different interpretative possibilities by means of reading Jonah alongside other biblical texts, modern fiction, and Midrash. Consequently, some of Perry's readings are more convincing than others, and I have no wish to quibble over this or that particular reading, save one that I think particularly important for Perry's overall reading of Jonah as a love-story. Perry reads the phrase milfney adonai in 1:3 to mean that Jonah was in the Temple when he received the divine summons to go to Nineveh, basing this on the fact that the phrase refers to temple service elsewhere in the Tanakh and that Jonah refers to the temple twice in his prayer from the belly of the fish. Reading milfney adonai in Jonah 1:3 in this way thus establishes the intimate relationship between Jonah and God that is subsequently
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Feb 14, 2009
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