Sefer Yona 1:2 Why does Hashem send Yona to tell non-Jews to do teshuva (repentance)? I don't believe this was ever done before or since.

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    Didn't G-d send Moshe to Pharaoh?
    – Menachem
    Aug 24, 2012 at 21:39
  • @Menachem Concerning your edit, I'm assuming the author used the indefinite article to mean "a prophet," i.e. why G-d sent a prophet — in this case Yonah — though He never sent a prophet to other non-Jews, even not counting Yonah.
    – b a
    Aug 24, 2012 at 22:14
  • @ba: that makes sense,
    – Menachem
    Aug 26, 2012 at 2:01
  • Perhaps this was done before, but is irrelevant to Jewish learning. The exception being Yonah's story which contains ideas that are relevant to us.
    – YDK
    Aug 27, 2012 at 4:10

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When Nimrod started doing Avoda Zara, the nation of Ashur had no interest in idolatry. The nation of Ashur left their homes and established a new city "Ninve". In that merit Hashem sent Yona to Ninve to tell them to do Teshuva. (Imrei Chein)

  • Can you explain more. Avoda zara means idolatry right. So Ninve is special because it used to be monotheistic?
    – user4951
    Oct 23, 2018 at 16:06

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