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Jonah's mission to the Ninevites is commemorated by the Fast of Nineveh in Syriac and Oriental Orthodox Churches. Michaelis comments that "the meaning of the fable hits you right between the eyes", So also was Jonah among those sent (by Us).
Luther's antisemitic interpretation of Jonah remained the prevailing interpretation among German Protestant throughout early modern history. When he ran away (like a slave from captivity) to the ship (fully) laden, He (agreed to) cast lots, and he was condemned: Then the big Fish did swallow him, and he had done acts worthy of blame.
Three days later, after Jonah agrees to go to Nineveh, the fish vomits him out onto the shore.
Jonah successfully convinces the entire city of Nineveh to repent, but waits outside the city to await its destruction.
Mainstream Biblical historians generally regard the Book of Jonah as fictional and at least partially satirical, but the character of Jonah may have been based on a historical prophet.
In Judaism, the story of Jonah represents the teaching of teshuva, which is the ability to repent and be forgiven by God.
Later, during the Reformation, Jonah came to be seen instead as an archetype for the "envious Jew".
Jonah is regarded as a prophet in Islam and the biblical narrative of Jonah is repeated, with a few notable differences, in the Quran.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus makes a reference to Jonah when he is asked for a sign by some of the scribes and the Pharisees.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Book of Jonah is chanted in its entirety at the Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday before Pascha.
He is commemorated as one of the Twelve Minor Prophets in the Calendar of saints of the Armenian Apostolic Church on July 31.
In the New Testament, Jesus calls himself "greater than Jonah" and promises the Pharisees "the sign of Jonah", which is his resurrection.
Early Christian interpreters viewed Jonah as a type for Jesus.
Jesus says that the sign will be the sign of Jonah: Jonah's restoration after three days inside the great fish prefigures His own resurrection.