Biblical Bibliographies
Charles Conroy []

The Book of Jonah: Commentaries (post-1800)

[see also:  XII Prophets: commentaries (pre-1800) and XII Prophets: commentaries (post-1800)]

[Jonah-commentaries listed among the general commentaries on the XII Prophets (see links above) are not repeated in the present bibliography.]

The bibliography is divided into two sections:

I.   Commentaries published between 1800 and 1930

Aglen, A. S., "Jonah", in C. J. Ellicott (ed.), An Old Testament Commentary for English Readers. Vol. V (London: Cassell, 1884) 483-493.

Barcellona, A., Parafrasi delle profezie di Abdia, Giona, Michea, Nahum, Abacuc, e Sofonia (Parafrasi de' libri de' Profeti, tomo V, parte seconda; Venezia: Andrea Santini e figlio, tipografi, 1828). [on Jon pp. 21-55]

Bewer, J. A., "A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Jonah", in H. G. Mitchell– J. M. Powis Smith – J. A. Bewer, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi and Jonah (ICC; Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1912) [Each author's contribution has its own separate pagination; Bewer comments on Jon in 65 pp.]

Döller, J., Das Buch Jona: nach dem Urtext übersetzt und erklärt (Wien: Fromme, 1912).

Huxtable, E., "Jonah", in F. C. Cook (gen. ed.), The Holy Bible according to the Authorized Version (A.D. 1611), with an Explanatory and Critical Commentary and a Revision of the Translation, by Bishops and Other Clergy of the Anglican Church. Vol. VI: Ezekiel—Daniel—and the Minor Prophets (London: John Murray, 1876) 575-608. [Popularly known as "The Speaker's Commentary" because it was undertaken at the suggestion of John Evelyn Dennison, Speaker of the House of Commons from 1857 to 1872.]

Kalisch, M. M., Bible Studies, II: The Book of Jonah, Preceded by a Treatise on the Hebrew and the Stranger (London: Longmans and Green, 1878).

Kaulen, F., Librum Jonae Prophetae exposuit Franciscus Kaulen (Moguntiae [Mainz]: Kirchheim, 1862).

Kleinert, P., Obadjah, Jonah, Micha, Nahum, Habakuk, Zephanjah: wissenschaftlich und für den Gebrauch der Kirche ausgelegt (Lange's Theologisch-homiletisches Bibelwerk. Des Alten Testamentes 19. Theil; Bielefeld: Velhagen und Klasing, 1868). English version: Kleinert, P., "The Book of Jonah. Expounded by Paul Kleinert. Translated and enlarged by Charles Elliott", in J. P. Lange – P. Schaff (eds.), A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal and Homiletical, with Special Reference to Ministers and Students. Volume XIV of the Old Testament, containing the Minor Prophets: exegetically, theologically, and homiletically expounded by Paul Kleinert, Otto Schmoller, George R. Bliss, Talbot W. Chambers, Charles Elliott, John Forsyth, J. Frederick McCurdy, and Joseph Packard (New York: Scribner, Armstrong, and Co.; Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1874). [each part of vol. 14 has its own pagination; the Jonah comm. has 40 pp]

Martin, H., The Prophet Jonah: His Character and Mission to Nineveh (London & New York: Strahan, 1866). Second edition: Edinburgh: Lyon & Gemmell, 1877. [reprinted in 1978 and 1979 in UK and USA]

Perowne, T. T., Obadiah and Jonah (CBSC; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1883).

Wade, G. W., The Books of the Prophets Micah, Obadiah, Joel and Jonah (Westminster Commentaries; London: Methuen, 1925).

II.   Commentaries published from 1931 to the present

Alderman, I. M., et al., Jonah: Is It Good for You To Be Angry? Under the direction of Łukasz Popko, Olivier-Thomas Venard; edited by Joseph Ahmad, A. Jordan Schmidt (The Bible in its Traditions – La Bible en ses traditions, 5; Leuven: Peeters, 2023).

Alexander, T. D., "Jonah: An Introduction and Commentary", in D. W. Baker – T. D. Alexander – B. K. Waltke, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah. An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries; Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1988). Reprint 2009, unrevised as to content but retypeset in a new format with different pagination: (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 26; Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press; Downer's Grove, IL: IVP Academic) 49-144. [replaced by Timmer 2021 below]

Allen, L. C., The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah (NICOT; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1976).

Baldwin, J., "Jonah", in T. E. McComiskey (gen. ed.), The Minor Prophets. An Exegetical and Expository Commentary, 2: Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum and Habakkuk (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1993). Reprinted in T. E. McComiskey (gen. ed.), The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009) 543-590.

Bernini, G., Sofonia – Gioele – Abdia – Giona (NVB 31; Roma: Edizioni Paoline, 1972).

Bruckner, J. K., Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (NIV Application Commentary; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004).

Cary, P., Jonah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible; Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2008). UK edition: Jonah (SCM Theological Commentary on the Bible; London: SCM Press, 2008).

Deissler, A., Zwölf Propheten, 2: Obadja, Jona, Micha, Nahum, Habakuk (Neue Echter Bibel. Kommentar zum AT mit der Einheitsübersetzung, 8; Würzburg: Echter, 1984).

Erickson, A., Jonah: Introduction and Commentary (Illuminations Commentary Series, 2; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2021).

Fretheim, T. E., The Message of Jonah: A Theological Commentary (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1977).

Golka, F. W., "Jonah", in G. A. F. Knight – F. W. Golka, Revelation of God. A Commentary on the Books of the Song of Songs and Jonah (International Theological Commentary; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans; Edinburgh: Handsel, 1988) 65-136.

Golka, F. W., Jona (Calwer Bibelkommentare; Stuttgart: Calwer, 1991).

Graybill, R. – J. Kaltner – S. L. McKenzie, Jonah: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (AYBC; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2023). [see Sasson below for an earlier commentary in the same series]

Havea, J., Jonah: An Earth Bible Commentary (London & New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2020).

Hoyt, J. M., Amos, Jonah, and Micah (Evangelical Exegetical Commentary; Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2019).

Hunter, A. G., The Judgement of Jonah: Yahweh, Jerusalem and Nineveh (LHB/OTS 642; London & New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2022).

Jenson, P. P., Obadiah, Jonah, Micah: A Theological Commentary (LHB/OTS 496; London: T & T Clark, 2008).

Jeremias, J., Die Propheten Joel, Obadja, Jona, Micha (ATD Neubearbeitungen, 24/3; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007). [Jonah-comm. 75-112]

Keller, C.-A., "Jonas", in E. Jacob – C.-A. Keller – S. Amsler, Osée, Joel, Abdias, Jonas, Amos (CAT XIa; Neuchâtel: Delachaux et Niestlé, 1965) 263-291. [The second edition of 1982 and the third edition of 1992 added some pages of new bibliography, but the commentary is virtually unchanged.]

Lanoir, C. – F. Smyth-Florentin, Le livre de Jonas (CAT XIe; Genève: Labor et Fides, 2021). [replaces the 1965 comm. of C.-A. Keller above]

Lichtert, C., Le prophète s'avance masqué: commentaire et traversée biblique du livre de Jonas (CahRB 100; Leuven: Peeters, 2021).

Limburg, J., Jonah. A Commentary (OTL; Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1993).

Maillot, A., Jonas ou Les farces de Dieu. Sophonie ou L'erreur de Dieu (Neuchâtel – Paris, Delachaux & Niestlé, 1977). [see next item for a second edition of the Jonah section; the comm. on Zephaniah did not have a second edition.]

Maillot, A., Jonas ou le sourire de Dieu (Bible – Catéchèse; Paris: Lethielleux, 1997). [a slightly revised version of his 1977 Jonah-commentary above]

Mathews McGinnis, C., "Jonah", in J. J. Collins – G. Hens-Piazza – B. Reid – D. Senior (eds.), The Jerome Biblical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century. With a Foreword by Pope Francis. Third fully revised edition (London & New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2022) 1074-1082.

Moro, V., Giona: la profezia incompiuta (Biblica; Bologna: EDB, 2022).

Niditch, S., Jonah: A Commentary (Hermeneia; Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2023).

Nogalski, J. D., The Books of Joel, Obadiah, and Jonah (NICOT; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2023).

Phillips, E., Obadiah, Jonah and Micah (Apollos Old Testament Commentary, 23; London: Apollos; Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2022).

Rinaldi, G., I Profeti Minori, II: Osea – Gioele – Abdia – Giona (La Sacra Bibbia; Torino: Marietti, 1960).

Rudolph, W., Joel – Amos – Obadja – Jona. Mit einer Zeittafel von Alfred Jepsen (KAT XIII/2; Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus Gerd Mohn, 1971).

Sasson, J. M., Jonah. A New Translation with Introduction, Commentary, and Interpretation (AB 24B; New York: Doubleday, 1990). [see Graybill et al. above for a more recent commentary in the same series]

Scaiola, D., Abdia, Giona, Michea: introduzione, traduzione e commento (Nuova versione della Bibbia dai testi antichi, 15; Cinisello Balsamo [MI]: San Paolo, 2012).

Shao, R. C., Jonah: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary (Asia Bible Commentary; Carlisle: Langham Global Library, 2019).

Simon, U., Jona. Ein jüdischer Kommentar. Mit einem Geleitwort von Erich Zenger (SBS 157; Stuttgart: Katholisches Bibelwerk, 1994).

Simon, U., Jonah: The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation (JPS Bible Commentary; Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1999). [this is a second revised and expanded edition of the Hebrew original of 1992, from which the German trans. was made (SBS 157; 1994: see above)]

Smart, J. D. – W. Scarlett, "The Book of Jonah", in G. A. Buttrick (gen. ed.), The Interpreter's Bible, Vol. VI: Lamentations; Ezekiel; Daniel; Twelve Prophets (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1956) 869-894. [the first-named author was responsible for the introduction and exegesis, the second author for the expository matter]

Smith, B. K. – F. S. Page, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah (New American Commentary, 19B; Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 1995). [Page commented on Jonah, 203-288]

Struppe, U., Die Bücher Obadja, Jona (Neuer Stuttgarter Kommentar. Altes Testament, 24/1; Stuttgart: Katholisches Bibelwerk, 1996).

Timmer, D. C., Obadiah, Jonah and Micah: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 26; Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2021). [replaces Alexander 1988 above]

Trible, P., "The Book of Jonah", in L. E. Keck (gen. ed.), The New Interpreter's Bible. Vol. 7: Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature, Daniel, Additions to Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1996) 461-529.

Ungern-Sternberg, R. Freiherr von – H. Lamparter, Der Tag des Gerichtes Gottes. Die Propheten Habakuk, Zephanja, Jona, Nahum übersetzt und ausgelegt (Die Botschaft des Alten Testaments, 23/4; Stuttgart: Calwer, 1960).

Walton, J. M., "Jonah", in T. Longman III – D. E. Garland (gen. eds.), The Expositor's Bible Commentary. Revised edition. Vol. 8: Daniel – Malachi (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008) 451-490.

Watts, J. D.W., The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah (The Cambridge Bible Commentary on the NEB; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975).

Weimar, P., Jona übersetzt und ausgelegt (HTKAT; Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder, 2017).

Wolff, H. W., Dodekapropheton 3: Obadja und Jona (BKAT XIV/3; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1977); = Obadiah and Jonah: A Continental Commentary (Continental Commentary Series; Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1986).

Woude, A. S. van der, Jona. Nahum (De Prediking van het Oude Testament; Nijkerk: Callenbach, 1978).

Youngblood, K. J., Jonah. Second edition (ZECOT – A Discourse Analysis of the Hebrew Bible, 28; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019). Zondervan published an earlier edition in 2013 in the commentary series "Hearing the Message of Scripture" under the title Jonah: God's Scandalous Mercy; the first ZECOT edition appeared in 2015.