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anonymous JONAH AND NINEVEH(CAPITAL CITY OF ASSYRIA}! May 24, 2008 10:22 AM

JONAH:CHAPTERS 1-4
1:1 One day the Lord told Jonah, the son of Amittai, 2.) to go to the great City of Ninevah, and say to the people, "The Lord has seen your terrible sins. You are doomed!"
3.) Instead, Jonah ran from the Lord. He went to the seaport of Joppa, and bought a ticket on a ship that was going to Spain. Then he got on the ship and sailed away to escape.
4.) But the Lord made a strong wind blow, and such a bad storm came up that the ship was about to broken to pieces. 5.) The sailors were frightened and they all started praying to their gods. They even threw the ship's cargo overboard to make the ship lighter. All this time Jonah was down below deck fast asleep.6.) The  ship's Captain went to him, and said, "How can you sleep at a time like this? Get up and pray to your God! Maybe he will have mercy on us and keep us from drowning."
7.) Finally, the sailors got together and said, "Let's get together ask our gods to show us who caused all this trouble." It turned out to be Jonah.
8.They started asking him, "Are you the one who brought all this trouble on us? What business are you in? Where do you come from? What is your country? Who are your people? "
9.) Jonah answered, "I'm a Hebrew and I worship the Lord God of Heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."
10.) When the sailors heard this they were frightened, because Jonah had already told them he was running from Lord. Then they said, "Do you know what you have done?"
11.) The storm kept getting worse until the sailors finally asked him, "What should we do with you to make the sea calm down?"
12.) Jonah told them, "Throw me into the sea and it will calm down. I'm the cause of this terrible storm."
13.) The sailors tried their best to row to the shore, but they couldn't do it, and the storm kept getting worse every minute. 14.) So they prayed to the Lord, "Please don't let us drown for taking this mans life. Don't hold us guilty for killing an innocent man. All this happened because you wanted it to."
15.) Then they threw Jonah overboard, and the sea calmed down. 16.) The sailor's were so terrified that they offered a sacrifice to the Lord, and made all kinds of promises.
17.) The Lord sent a big fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

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anonymous  May 24, 2008 10:50 AM

JONAH: CHAPTER 2
1.) FROM inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord.
2.) When I was in trouble Lord,
I prayed to you,
and you listened to me.
From deep in the world
of the dead,
I begged for your help,
and you answered my prayer.

3.) You threw me down
to the bottom of the sea.
The water was churning
all around;
I was completely covered
by your mighty waves.
4.) I thought I was swept away
from your sight.
never again to see
your holy temple.

5.) I was almost drowned
by the swirling waters,
that surrounded me.
Seaweed wrapped
around my head.
6.) I had sunk down below
the underwater mountains;
I knew that forever,
I would be a prisoner there.

But you, Lord God,
rescued me from that pit.
7.) When my life was slipping away,
I remembered you--
and in your holy temple
you heard my prayer.

8.) All who worship worthless idols
turn from the God,
who offers them mercy.
9.) But with shouts of praise
I will offer a sacrifice
to you, my Lord.
I will keep my promise.
because you are the one
with power to save.

10.) And the Lord commanded the fish to vomit Jonah up on the shore and it did.

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anonymous  May 24, 2008 11:19 AM

JONAH: CHAPTER 3
1.) ONCE again the Lord told Jonah 2.) to go to that great city of Nineveh and preach his message of doom.
3.) Jonah obeyed the Lord and went to Nineveh. The city was so big that it took three days just to walk through it. 4.) After walking for a day, Jonah warned the people "Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed."
5.) They believed God's message and set aside a time when they would go without eating(fasting), to show their sorrow. Then everyone in the city , no matter who they were dressed in sackcloth.
6.) When the King of Nineveh heard what was happening, he also dressed in sackcloth; he left the royal palace and sat in dust. 7-9.) Then he and his officials sent out an order for everyone in the city to obey. It said:
None of you, or your animals may
eat or drink a thing. Each of you
must wear sackcloth, and you must
even put sackcloth on your animals.
You must also pray to the Lord
God, with all your heart, and stop
being sinful and cruel. Maybe God will
change his mind and have mercy on
us, so we won't be destroyed.

10.) When God saw that the people had  stopped doing evil things, he had pity and did not destroy them as he had planned.
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anonymous  May 24, 2008 11:44 AM

JONAH CHAPTER 4
1.) JONAH was really upset and angry.
2.) So he prayed:
Our Lord, I knew right from the very beginning you wouldn't destroy Nineveh. That's why I left my own country and headed for Spain. You are a kind and merciful God, and you are very patient. You always show love, and you don't like to punish anyone. Not even foreigners.
3.) Now let me die! I'd be better off dead.
4.) The Lord replied, "What right do you have to be angry."
5.) Jonah then left the east gate of the city and he made a shelter to protect himself from the sun. He sat under the shelter waiting to see what would happen to Nineveh.
6.) The Lord made a vine to grow up to shade Jonah's head and protect him from the sun. Jonah was very happy to have the vine. 7.) But early the next morning, the Lord sent a worm, to chew on the vine, and the vine dried up.
8.) During the day the Lord sent a scorcing wind and the sun beat down on Jonah's head, making him feel faint. Jonah was ready to die and he shouted I wish I were dead!"
9.) But the Lord asked JONAH do you have the right to be angry about the vine?
"Yes I do," Jonah answered, "And I'm angry enough to die!"
10.) But the Lord said:
You are concerned about a vine, you did not plant or take care of, a vine that grew up in one day and died the next. In that city of Nineveh, there are more than a hundred- twenty thousand people, and many cattle are in there. Don't you think I ought to be concerned about that big city?
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anonymous  May 24, 2008 11:50 AM

Although settlement dates back to at least 4,000 BC, the historical site of Nineveh appears as a royal city in the Middle Assyrian period. Shalmaneser I (1273-1244 BC) and subsequent Middle Assyrian and Neo-Assyrian Kings began to erect royal palaces on the summit of the high mound of Kuyunjik. In the First Millennium B.C., the flat plain to the north of Kuyunjik appears to have housed a sizable lower town. Neo-Assyrian (Ninua) was made the new capital of Assyria in 721 BC under King Sennacherib who moved the Assyrian capital from Dur Sharrukin (Khorsabad). The site was the third and last capital of the Assyrians. Sennecherib's palaces (of which there were three) were built on the Kuyunjik mound, as well as the palace of his grandson Ashurbanipal.  The city is attested in the Old Testament (first mention in Genesis 10:11) several times, associated also with the Prophet Jonah, and the New Testament.  The capital city fell in 612 BC to the Babylonians, Susianians, and Medes.  Six years later, the Assyrian Empire collapsed.  The city fades out of historical mention until A.D. 627 when there was a major Battle of Nineveh between the Byzantines and Sasanians.  In the Early Islamic period, the site of Mosul was the main city of the province of al-Jazira, northern Mesopotamia and walled, occupying the old quarter of the modern city today.  Parts of the city wall remain at Bash Tapia castle on the Tigris. Its chief export was cotton (muslin, from the city's name).  The Mongol invasion destroyed the city in the 13th century. In the Ottoman period it was rebuilt and revived and retained its administrative provincial seat and continued to be the most important city in northern Iraq.  Mosul has the largest number of Iraqi Christians of any Iraqi city, including Nestorians, Jacobites, Catholics and Chaldeans. There are churches in Mosul that are historically and culturally important for several of these Christian sects.  The Nebi Yunus mound on Nineveh has been a long-standing Muslim pilgrimage site and shrine dedicated to the Prophet Jonah.  Today it is controlled by US troops.                    

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anonymous  May 24, 2008 11:52 AM

THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH IS FROM AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY THE IRAQ HERITAGE PROGRAM!

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anonymous  June 12, 2008 5:14 AM

Frontline Faith Trivia Answer for June 2008 A. The cradle of ancient civilization.  In additional to the cultural importance in ancient civilization, the territory of modern day Iraq factored significantly into Biblical events.  The capital city of Baghdad is located within 30 miles of ancient Babylon and the tower of Babel was also built within the modern day borders of Iraq, on the Plains of Shinar.

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