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Perhaps he will spare your life.” Wearing sackcloth around their waists and ropes around their heads, they went to the king of Israel and said, “Your servant Ben-Hadad says: ‘Please let me live.’” The king answered, “Is he still alive? “I will return the cities my father took from your father,” Ben-Hadad offered.
He is my brother.” The men took this as a good sign and were quick to pick up his word. “You may set up your own market areas in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria.” Ahab said, “On the basis of a treaty I will set you free.” So he made a treaty with him, and let him go.
One can read the passage and say that during the days of Jeroboam, the son of Joash, the prophecy of Jonah was fulfilled, but not that Jonah lived during this time.
However, I think the better reading is not only was Jonah’s prophesy fulfilled during this time, but this was the time Jonah lived.
What I had been looking for, fairly logically, was some indication of a dramatic conversion of a biblical king within range of the lives of Elijah and Elisha – a converted king who must have some connection with Assyrian Nineveh. Owing to the quirks of my revision, I had multi-identified this king – – over and above Dr.
Immanuel Velikovsky’s identification of him with El Amarna’s [EA’s] I, 1952).
And he even apparently covetted rule over Babylonia.
Before giving a brief outline of this reconstruction – which I have since rejected, anyway – I must mention that an earlier Jonah-to-Nineveh reconstruction of mine (towards which I am now again turning) had located Jonah’s mission to a period the reign of Jeroboam II.
When the Israelites were also mustered and given provisions, they marched out to meet them.
The Israelites camped opposite them like two small flocks of goats, while the Arameans covered the countryside.
I note that in the very next verse the author explains the fulfillment as God seeing the affliction of Israel–that it was very bitter and that there was no helper.
It does not make sense to me to read this passage as God first sending Jonah to prophesy, then God seeing the affliction of Israel, and then God deciding to fulfill Jonah’s prophesy through Jeroboam II.