Jonah, meaning “dove,” was a prophet from Israel, the northern kingdom, but his written prophecy is biographical and concerns his ministry to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria.


Unlike most other prophets, Jonah does not specify the kings during whose reigns he ministered. However, according to 2 Kings 14:23-29, he prophesied during the reign of Jeroboam II, one of Israel’s most powerful and prosperous kings—therefore around 760 BC. The duration of his ministry is not known. To some extent he was a contemporary of Hosea and Amos.

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