Is the Jonah Story a Fable?

Posted January 23, 2018 10:21 pm by Dwight Longenecker

Is the Jonah Story a Fable?

I’m in Vero Beach, Florida leading a parish mission.
I love getting out to other parishes like this because I get a chance to meet real Catholics other than my own parishioners and hear their stories and listen to their lives.
After Mass this morning a woman cornered me and said, “Father! I was at Mass on Sunday and the priest said the Jonah story was a fable! Is it a fable?”
Well, it’s complicated, and it raises a very interesting question about how we read the Bible.
In my book Mystery of the Magi I confronted the issue of whether the story of

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