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Item No.:   1208 Unit Price:   19.95  USD  EA
Weight:   14oz Dimensions:   12in X 14in X 6in

Jonah and the Big Fish

This doll is a reversible story doll. On one side is Jonah and when you flip it over, there is the Whale with a smaller version of Jonah being swallowed. During family time the story of Jonah teaches about obedience, willingness of spirit, gratitude, compassion and God's patience and mercy. This doll is entirely handmade from fabric. There is even detail on the whale's baleen and water spout. Notice that Jonah's face and hands are not molded from plastic or rubber. Rather they were meticulously sculpted using fabric and thread.

Jonah The Whale with Jonah

Jonah and the Whale

In the Old Testament of the Bible, Jonah is mentioned twice, first in 2 Kings 14:25 (as a prophet in the time of King Jeroboam II) and later in the Book of Jonah. He was the son of Amittai (meaning "My Faithfulness"), from the Galilean village of Gath-hepher near Nazareth. God orders Jonah to prophesy to the city of Nineveh. Not wanting to, Jonah tries to avoid God's command by going to Joppa and sailing to Tarshish. A huge storm arises and the sailors, realizing this is no ordinary storm, cast lots and learn that Jonah is to blame. Jonah admits this and states that if he is thrown overboard the storm will cease. The sailors try to get the ship to the shore but in failing feel forced to throw him overboard, at which point the sea calms. Jonah is miraculously saved by being swallowed by a large fish. In chapter two, while in the great fish, Jonah prays to God and asks forgiveness. As a result, God commands the fish to vomit Jonah out.

God again orders Jonah to visit Nineveh and prophesy to its inhabitants. This time he goes there and walks through the city crying, "In forty days Nineveh shall be destroyed." The Ninevites believe his word and appoint a public fast, ranging from the King (who puts on sackcloth and sits in ashes) to the humblest person. God has compassion and spares the city for the time being.