What Swallowed Jonah?


This may be a question that you have asked yourself before. What swallowed Jonah?

In the Book of Jonah, in the Bible, God told Jonah to go to the bad city of Ninevah to tell the people that God is angry with them and that He will destroy it in 40 days.

But when Jonah disobeyed God and tried to escape to Tarshish on a ship, God sent a big storm that almost sunk the ship that Jonah was sailing on. The sailors on the ship threw some of their cargo overboard to keep the ship from sinking, but it seemed to be of little use. The superstitious sailors thought that one of the men on board did something wrong that caused the storm, so they, including Jonah, casted lots — and the lot fell on Jonah.

Jonah explained to the sailors that he had done great wrong by not obeying God by not going to Ninevah and running away instead.       (Jonah 1:1~11)

Then Jonah told them to throw him into the sea, and then, he said, the storm will go away. (Jonah 1:12)

So the sailors, reluctant as they were, threw Jonah overboard, into the raging sea.

And soon after that… God calmed the sea! Not a trace of the storm remained. (Jonah 1:13~15)

Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.” (Jonah 1:16)

But what happened to Jonah?

Down, down, down, he sank, “down to the bottoms of the mountains” (Jonah 2:6a)

And then, out of the blackness, came out a huge fish!!

“Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” (Jonah 1:17)

Can you imagine being inside a gigantic fish’s stomach for three days? Eww!

But God kept him safe inside the fish, and Jonah prayed to God, asking Him for forgiveness. (Jonah 2:1~9)

“And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.” (Jonah 2:10)

Then the Lord spoke to Jonah once again, telling him to go to Ninevah to preach. So, Jonah went to Ninevah, a journey of three days, and warned the people that God will destroy them in 40 days if they will not repent. Then the people repented, and God spared them from overthrowing them. (Jonah 3 & 4)

But what exactly was the great fish that swallowed Jonah?

It is a common thought that Jonah was swallowed by a big whale, which seems probable.

But there is another possibility, a marine reptile by the name of… the ketos.

– an engraving of a ketos –

The second century B.C. saw the Hebrew Old Testament translated into the Greek Old Testament, commonly called the Septuagint. There, dag gadôl (“great fish”) translates into kêtei megalô, meaning a “mega-sized ketos.” — Brian Thomas

So, what is this ketos? Let’s find out!

An author for the Institute for Creation Research, Mr. Brian Thomas, M.S. , in the article below, talks a little more in detail about the extinct mysterious sea reptile, the ketos.

What Really Swallowed Jonah? | The Institute for Creation Research

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