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ISBN: 9781783686452
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 6
Publication Date: 31/07/2019
Pages: 108
Series: Asia Bible Commentary Series
Language: English


A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary


In this commentary on Jonah, Dr. Rosa Shao beautifully weaves together the story of the biblical text with narratives from the Asian (Chinese and Filipino) contexts and psychological insights. Testifying to how she was drawn to the book, Dr. Shao shares how this book has impacted her personally and demonstrates how others can hear the book’s message in their own context. From better understanding the story of Jonah, readers will gain valuable insight for discerning God’s divine call on their own lives.

The Asia Bible Commentary series empowers Christian believers in Asia to read the Bible from within their respective contexts. Holistic in its approach to the text, each exposition of the biblical books combines exegesis and application. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the Body of Christ in Asia by providing pastoral and contextual exposition of every book of the Bible.

Author Bios

Rosa Ching Shao
ROSA CHING SHAO is the Professor of Counseling at the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines, Manila, and Asia Graduate School of Theology, Quezon City, Philippines. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed counselor and a Certified Solution-Focused Therapist.


A brilliant exposition replete with cultural and ethnic perspective and wisdom! Easy to read and follow so that, Jonah-like, we may say rather willingly “yes” to the commands of our Lord who patiently loves the whole world.

Jung-Sook Lee, PhD
President and Professor in Church History,
Torch Trinity Graduate University, Seoul, South Korea

Dr. Rosa Shao’s commentary on the book of Jonah highlights the ways in which the prophet said “no” to God in order to encourage us instead to say “yes” to God without reservation. Her deep understanding of the text of Jonah combined with her detailed accounts of Christian experience in the Asian context have the potential to move Asian believers to say “yes” once again to God and to obey him in extending his abundant grace among all the nations of the world.

Joel F. Williams, PhD
New Testament Book Review Editor,
Journal of Evangelical Theological Society
Professor of New Testament Studies,
Biblical Seminary of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Table of Contents


  • Foreword
  • Series Preface
  • Author’s Preface
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Commentary on Jonah
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Comparing the Biblical Jonah with the Qur’anic Version
  • Natural Calamities and Patron Saints
  • Is It a Whale or What?
  • Singing Out in Troubled Times
  • The God of Second Chances
  • Modern-Day Jonahs and Mass Conversions
  • Is God Playing Games with His People?
  • When Suicidal Thoughts Loom