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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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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
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    @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
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    @user4951 it is a Midrash that is cited already in the comments. The Midrash says that he was washed up on the shores of Ninveh after surviving the splitting of the Yam Suf. – Dov Aug 7 at 16:47

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