[21:87] And Zan-Noon (Jonah, “the one with an ‘N’ in his name”), abandoned his mission in protest, thinking that we could not control him. He ended up imploring from the darkness (of the big fish’s belly): “There is no god other than You. Be You glorified. I have committed a gross sin.”
[21:88] We responded to him, and saved him from the crisis; we thus save the believers.
Buried vs. Planted
- Jonah in the fish
- Joseph in the well
- Joseph in prison
- Mary in an isolated place
- Muhammad in the cave
- Daniel in the lion’s den
- Moses kills a person in Egypt and flees
Nun means fish in Aramaic.
1 Chronicles 7:27 – Nun his son and Joshua his son.
1Clement 12:2 For when the spies were sent forth unto Jericho by Joshua the son of Nun, the king of the land perceived that they were come to spy out his country, and sent forth men to seize them, that being seized they might be put to death.
[37:139] Jonah was one of the messengers. [37:140] He escaped to the loaded ship. [37:141] He rebelled and thus, he joined the losers. [37:142] Consequently, the fish swallowed him, and he was the one to blame. [37:143] If it were not that he resorted to meditation (on God), [37:144] he would have stayed in its belly until the Day of Resurrection. [37:145] We had him thrown up into the desert, exhausted. [37:146] We had a tree of edible fruit grown for him. [37:147] Then we sent him to a hundred thousand,* or more. [37:148] They did believe, and we let them enjoy this life.
[2:20] The lightning almost snatches away their eyesight. When it lights for them, they move forward, and when it turns dark, they stand still. If GOD wills, He* can take away their hearing and their eyesight. GOD is Omnipotent.
[21:46] When a sample of your Lord’s retribution afflicts them, they readily say, “We were indeed wicked.”
[68:48] You shall steadfastly persevere in carrying out the commands of your Lord. Do not be like (Jonah) who called from inside the fish.
Is there a connection between 21:87 and 68:1 (NuN)?
Jonah when to Nineveh – they were Assyrian
Assyrian at the time had a reputation of being incredibly violent and cruel – so you can understand why Jonah would believe that they would not accept the message
Assyrian Empire – The Ancient Assyrian Civilization
The English placename Nineveh comes from Latin Ninive and Septuagint Greek Nineuḗ (Νινευή) under influence of the Biblical Hebrew Nīnewēh (נִינְוֶה),from the Akkadian Ninua (var. Ninâ) or Old Babylonian Ninuwā. The original meaning of the name is unclear but may have referred to a patron goddess. The cuneiform for Ninâ (𒀏) is a fish within a house (cf. Aramaic nuna, “fish”). This may have simply intended “Place of Fish” or may have indicated a goddess associated with fish or the Tigris, possibly originally of Hurrian origin. The city was later said to be devoted to “the Ishtar of Nineveh” and Ninawas one of the Sumerian and Assyrian names of that goddess
During the reign of King Sennacherib (705–681 BCE) the Assyrians at Nineveh encountered Jonah, a Prophet of Israel,59 who spent three days crossing the “City of the Big Fish,“ so-named because its population had grown to 120,000. At the behest of his God, Elohim, Jonah reluctantly berated the citizens of the city warning that if they did not repent for their depraved behaviors, His God would wipe them out. When Nineveh’s residents showed themselves to be penitent, God told him that he would forgive them.
Kraft, Harvey. The Buddha from Babylon: The Lost History and Cosmic Vision of Siddhartha Gautama (Kindle Locations 2252-2256). SelectBooks, Inc. Kindle Edition.
Nineveh (today Mosul, Iraq)
Jonah: A Historical Backdrop
The Assyrian Empire and Jonah
Joel Osteen – Bloom Where You’re Planted
Blessed in the Dark Places – Joel Osteen