One must love the last line of the book of Jonah, the reluctant prophet,* the fellow who spent three days in the belly of a whale as the Christ was 3 days in the heart of the earth, the only sign to be given to “this genos” or generation.** God tells Jonah:
…And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and much cattle?
Jonah had a pet plant there by his cave, and grieved when it withered, though he wanted to die after Nineveh repented, apparently disproving his prophecy.
The Ninevites say, “God may yet repent, and indeed….
” When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way,, God repented of the evil which he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.”
And this is how the Bible says it when God changes his mind, as at the pleading of Abraham for Sodom and Gammorah, or the intercession of Job for his friends, or when God says to Moses, “Come, let us reason together…”
*Jonah catches a ship for “Tarshish,” the last stop on the shipping routs west, “probably in Southern Spain,” says the Oxford note, over by Lud (Ezekiel 27:10, 12, 25), which may be Lud-don, or London, Lud’s Hill, before it was called trinovantium, or new Troy.. Are there any whales in the Mediterranean? So Tarshish could even be in Portugaul or Galicia proper, past the porch ‘a Gaul! Julius Caesar destroyed an ocean-worthy Gallician fleet, perhaps closing off intercontinental travel till Columbus’ time. Phoenician writing is in the rocks on the Mississippi river. And where did all that Michigan copper go?
** One does not know whether this genos means us, or just Them. This genos” will not pass away before…