Presented by Presented by Rabbi David J. Zucker, Ph.D., BCC (ret)
October 2012 Audio Conference
The book of Jonah holds a special place for both Judaism and Christianity. It tells us the story of a person who, like all of us is fallible, at times irascible, and who finds it easier to say “no” than to take on a difficult, and probably thankless task. Jonah is a liturgical reading for both Jews and Catholics. His story is the additional reading for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) Afternoon service. Jonah is also a frequent reading in the Church, for example it was read on the third Sunday in Ordinary Time this year January 22, 2012. In the Christian Bible, reference to Jonah comes in Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus likens his own coming entombment for three days to the days that Jonah spends in the midst of the “belly of the sea monster” (NRSV); “sea-monster’s belly” (NEB); “belly of a huge fish” (NIV); “belly of the whale” (NAB). The Gospel of Luke mentions that as Jonah was a sign for the Ninevites, so likewise would the Son of Man be a sign for the present, evil generation (Matt 12:39-41; Luke 11:29-30).
Chaplains can make use of the book of Jonah in pastoral visits, and to supplement their own spiritual support by drawing upon the power of this wonderful and disturbing book. This course will introduce the book of Jonah, and then analyze its four chapters. We will discuss how a careful reading of either the whole book or a selection of specific verses can offer personal and professional insights, comfort, and a release of emotion.
About the Presenter
David J. Zucker, Ph.D., BCC (ret), recently retired as Director of Chaplaincy Care/Rabbi at Shalom Cares, a senior Continuum of Care Center, and Staff Chaplain at Shalom Cares Hospice, Aurora, Colorado. In addition to numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, he has published several books, most recently, The Torah: An Introduction for Christians and Jews (Paulist Press, 2005). For more information, go to www.DavidJZucker.org.