The Prophet Jonah Healing Oil
The Prophet Jonah or Jonas, son of Amittai, is a prophet in the Hebrew Bible and the Quran, from Gath-hepher of the northern kingdom of Israel in about the 8th century BCE. Jonah is the central figure of the Book of Jonah, which details his reluctance in delivering God’s judgement on the city of Nineveh. And then his subsequent, albeit begrudged, return to the divine mission after he is swallowed by a large sea creature.
In Judaism, the story of Jonah represents the teaching of teshuva. Which the ability to repent and forgiven by God. In the New Testament, Jesus calls himself “greater than Jonah” and promises the Pharisees “the sign of Jonah”, which is his resurrection. Early Christian interpreters viewed Jonah as a type for Jesus.
Although the creature which swallowed Jonah often depicted in art and culture as a whale. The Hebrew text actually uses the phrase dag gadol. Which means “giant fish”. In the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The species of the fish that swallowed Jonah was the subject of speculation for naturalists. Who interpreted the story as an account of a historical incident. Some modern scholars of folklore say there are similarities between Jonah and other legendary figures, specifically Gilgamesh and the Greek hero Jason.
Displeased by this, Jonah refers to his earlier flight to Tarshish while asserting that, since God is merciful, it was inevitable that God would turn from the threatened calamities. He then leaves the city and makes himself a shelter, waiting to see whether or not the city will destroyed.