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!

  • 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, 2012 at 20:00
  • @PM It's from Yalkut
    – b a
    Aug 23, 2012 at 20:18
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    @ba could you be more specific?
    – user1668
    Aug 23, 2012 at 20:25
  • @PM Yalkut 2:550
    – b a
    Aug 23, 2012 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, 2020 at 16:47

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