Some say that the story of Yona is a parable or allegory rather than historical. But is it possible that G-d did indeed send him to Nineveh, and the account of his mission bears similarities to the personal experiences and exploits of Elijah and Elisha?

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    Why would you think it would be an issue? If you take the Pesukim literally, then it’s the same Yonah. What’s the problem? – DonielF Feb 3 at 16:27
  • Both II Kings 14 and Yonah 1 refer to him as Yonah ben Amitai. How likely is it that there were two prophets named Yonah ben Amitai running around in those days? There might be other books/stories about him that were eventually lost, like the other non-extant books referred to in Kings and Chronicles. I would love to see some of them found, like the full versions of the records of the Kings of Judah and Israel, but they were probably destroyed when Samaria and Jerusalem were sacked. Unlike some of the other cultures, the Jewish ones used parchment instead of nice enduring clay. – Gary Feb 3 at 16:41
  • Thank you for your prompt response Gary. I posed the question because an acquaintance of a more liberal persuasion argued that the book of Jonah is allegorical rather than historical. – Yochanan Feb 4 at 17:11

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