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Jonah's fasting
Fast of Nineveh

 

A Fish Swallowing a Man Whole? | Jonah - "The Lord, his God" | How many days exactly did the people of Nineveh fast? Is this fast the same as Jonah’s fast? | Readings Recommended during Jonah's Fast | Subtly, God Spoke to Jonah | The Sign of the Prophet Jonah | Jonah the Prophet and the Lord Christ | The Prophet Jonah, the Whale, and the Great City of Nineveh | Jonah and Jesus | The Mystery of Jonah | The Flight of Jonah

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How many days exactly did the people of Nineveh fast? Is this fast the same as Jonah’s fast?

 

St-Takla.org Image: Coptic Art: Jonah and the Whale صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يونان والحوت - من الفن القبطي

St-Takla.org Image: Coptic Art: Jonah and the Whale

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يونان والحوت - من الفن القبطي

What many people today, call "Jonah's fast", can also be called "Nineveh's fast" because we don't commemorate only Jonah in the belly of the whale, but we also commemorate the repentance of the people of Nineveh.

The Holy Bible does not tell us exactly how many days the people of Nineveh fasted. But the reason three is written in the midnight praises is because it is taken from the Septuagint version which states that the city will be overthrown in three instead of the forty days mentioned in the other versions. (this article is copied from St-Takla.org).

"And Jonah began to enter into the city about a day's journey, and he proclaimed, and said, yet three days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown" (Jonah 3:4).

In the Holy Book of Jonah 3:7, it is mentioned that they did not eat nor drink even water, which makes fasting three days more acceptable than 40 days.

Please note that the Hebrew text is the one followed by all the ancient versions, except the Septuagint. On the other side the justification for the 40 days is: God gave them time to think, reject, take counsel, and return to him. It is clear that every Ninevite, who had heard the message of Jonah, repented and started fasting even before the news had reached the king and before he had published his decree "So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. Then word came to the king of Nineveh" (Jonah 3:5-7).

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A Fish Swallowing a Man Whole? | Jonah - "The Lord, his God" | How many days exactly did the people of Nineveh fast? Is this fast the same as Jonah’s fast? | Readings Recommended during Jonah's Fast | Subtly, God Spoke to Jonah | The Sign of the Prophet Jonah | Jonah the Prophet and the Lord Christ | The Prophet Jonah, the Whale, and the Great City of Nineveh | Jonah and Jesus | The Mystery of Jonah | The Flight of Jonah

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* The full text of the Holy Bible
* Bible Gallery

* Explaining the Book of Jonah [AR]
* Rituals of Nineveh's Fasting [AR]

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