The Book of Jonah

From Tolkien Gateway
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The Book of Jonah is a translation of the Book in the Old Testament by J.R.R. Tolkien. It first appeared in The Jerusalem Bible, published in 1966.

The version in the printed Jerusalem Bible does not present Tolkien's original text, as it had incorporated many editorial changes made by others.

The original, unmodified text was published in the Journal of Inklings Studies, vol. 4 no. 2 in 2014, followed by a commentary by Brendan N. Wolfe on its background and features.

From the publisher

A beautiful new presentation of one of the best-loved Bible stories in a translation by J.R.R. Tolkien. Editor Brendan Wolfe tells the little-known story of how Tolkien, then at the height of his fame as the author of The Lord of the Rings, agreed to join the team of Catholic writers and scholars working on a major new translation of the Bible into English in the early 1960s. The result was the Jerusalem Bible, still celebrated for its elegant, timeless English. Wolfe shows the resonances between the story of Jonah and the whale, Tolkien's contribution to the JB, and themes in his other writings.

Planned book

The Book of Jonah was intended to be published as a separate book in 2010 by Darton, Longman & Todd. However, for unknown reasons the publication was cancelled (possibly due to a legal controversy).[1] The book was intended to include a Foreword by Sir Anthony Kenny.[2]

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  1. Jason Fisher, "Sometimes the whale wins ..." (accessed 6 December 2010)
  2. Jason Fisher, "More information on The Book of Jonah" (accessed 6 December 2010)