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In Sefer Yona 3:4 why was it so easy to convince the city of Ninveh to do teshuva (5 words!) if they were so evil?

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because Yonah is metaphor. see here: parsha.blogspot.com/2005/10/… –  josh waxman Aug 24 '12 at 0:35

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I'm sure there are simpler and deeper answers, but if we go with the Midrash that the king of Nineveh was none other than the Pharaoh of Exodus -- yes, that guy who repeatedly ignored Moses' warnings, watched his empire unravel in a matter of months because of it, then eventually washed ashore from the Red Sea (the lone survivor) -- well, you'd understand why this time, when the prophet comes knocking, he's learned his lesson!

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1. can you cite the source for this idea? 2. from the pesukim it seems that the people starting doing teshuva before the king even found out. –  user1668 Aug 23 '12 at 20:00
@PM It's from Yalkut –  b a Aug 23 '12 at 20:18
@ba could you be more specific? –  user1668 Aug 23 '12 at 20:25
@PM Yalkut 2:550 –  b a Aug 23 '12 at 20:50
Who told you that the Pharaoh is the lone survivor of the red sea event? I didn't know that. Also niniveh is not in egypt. How can it be the same king? Also what's the actual date? –  Jim Thio Sep 29 '12 at 14:16

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