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?


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!

  • 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 '20 at 16:47

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