Taught by Kevin J. Youngblood

This course on Jonah provides a careful analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament book of Jonah, quickly allowing learners to grasp the big idea of each passage and how it fits within the book’s larger context.

Course Details

  • 10 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 3 hours of video

  • Intermediate

  • Jonah: God's Scandalous Mercy

12 Month Access
$179.99 USD

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Course Description

This course on Jonah brings to light the universal scope of God’s sovereignty and mercy. With careful analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew text, author and scholar Kevin Youngblood traces the flow of argument in the book of Jonah, showing that how a biblical author says something is just as important as what they say.

Each unit leads students through the main idea of a passage, its literary context, its structure and literary form, and its meaning, alongside its canonical and practical significance for us today. The course attempts to explain the enduring impact Jonah has had on culture by building on insights found in the wealth of scholarly understanding on Jonah and Hebrew literature. Formal students, pastors and church leaders, and lay learners alike will see how this brief narrative has captured the imagination of generations and still has much to say in today’s world.

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • Greater familiarity with and appreciation for the beloved story of Jonah
  • Insight into the relationship between Jonah, Jesus, and the rest of the Bible
  • A deeper understanding of how to apply God’s Word to your own life today
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments

Meet Your Instructors

Kevin J. Youngblood

Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Kevin J. Youngblood is associate professor of Biblical Studies at Harding University.

Course Outline

  • Introduction

  • Jonah 1:1-4a

  • Jonah 1:4b-2:1b

  • Jonah 2:1c-11b


  • Jonah 3:1-3b

  • Jonah 3:3c-10

  • Jonah 4:1-4

  • Jonah 4:5-11


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