Book 3 of The Old Testament Stories for Children Series
Christ referred to the story of Jonah when He prophesied His own death and Resurrection. Just a Jonah spent three days in the belly of the great fish and then returned to the living, Jesus would spend three days in the belly of the earth and then rise from the dead. The Church reads the entire Book of Jonah during the Vesperal Divine Liturgy on Great and Holy Saturday to emphasize this connection. The story of Jonah also figures prominently in Orthodox hymnody, where we implore God to save us from the tempest of our sins as He saved Jonah from the watery deep.
In the Septuagint, the creature that swallowed Jonah is referred to as a ketos, which can mean "sea monster," "great fish," or "whale." In biblical times, the distinctions between fish and sea mammals were not well understood. The contemporary popular imagination tends to view this creature as a whale, but traditional iconography depicts the creature as a fish, and we have followed tha tradition in this book.
You can find the complete story of Jonah and the great fish in the Book of Jonah, Chapters 1 and 2.
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