Jonah delivers a message

Right AT THE START OF THE BOOK of Jonah in the Bible, God gives a Hebrew named Jonah a major assignment. First, Jonah is to travel eastward to the great city of Nineveh. Then, as God's prophet, he is to cry out against all the bad things the people are doing in that city. God tells Jonah to get going right away. Instead, Jonah decides to run away from God and from his assignment. He goes down to Joppa and finds a ship traveling westward, to a city called Tarshish. Jonah pays his fare and boards the ship.

Tarshish was a city that was located near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Three possible locations are shown.

Nineveh was an important city located on the Tigris River. From 934-609 B.C., kings of Assyria sent their armies to fight for control of the people and land to the west. Many Hebrew people were captured and brought to Nineveh to become slaves of Assyrians.

Crossword Puzzle on Jonah
March 18, 2002

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.