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Meaning: a dove
His ministry took place very early in the reign of King Jeroboam II, and thus was contemporary with the prophets Hosea and Amos; or possibly he preceded them, and consequently may have been the very oldest of all the prophets whose writings we possess.
His personal history is mainly to be gathered from the book which bears his name. It is chiefly interesting from the two-fold character in which he appears, (1) as a missionary to heathen Nineveh, and (2) as a type of the “Son of man.”
Jonah’s disobedience of God’s command
The certain location of this Tarshish has been lost to time, but it may have been ancient Tartessos (aka Tartessus, Onoba Aestuaria, Onuba, Onoba, Walbah) a city and kingdom in what is now the Andalusian region of Spain. The modern city identified with it is called Huelva, the capital of the province of Huelva. During the last 3-thousand years, the geography has changed, due flooding rivers and at least 2 tsunamis. “There are indications that the name Tartessos had fallen out of use and the [ancient] city may have been lost to flooding.” “Archaeological discoveries in the region have built up a picture of a…widespread culture, identified as Tartessian, that includes some 97 inscriptions in a Tartessian language.”
Note that if this was ancient Tarshish, its location is in the opposite direction to what Jonah was told to go. Nineveh was far east of Jonah, on the Tigris River, and Tarshish very far west, beyond the Mediterranean Sea gateway of Gibraltar.
Article Version: August 30, 2017