Most versions of the Bible translate the Hebrew word for what swallowed Jonah as ?great fish? or ?large fish.? Some translations of Matthew quote Jesus as saying ?whale,? and popular stories and songs often speak of ?Jonah and the whale?? The biblical book 2 Kings briefly mentions Jonah as a prophet, son of Amittai, ?from Gath-hepher,? who delivers an oracle to King Jeroboam (ruler of Israel, 786 to 746 B.C.).
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