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Hi Akhi Keith,

The Rogation of the Ninevites is a very solemn time, a purely fasting period with lots of self-examination. As for why it's still observed - I think the people have kept it all these years to commemorate God sparing their beloved city Nineveh. It could have easily been obliterated the way Sodom and Gomorrah were.

The story of Jonah is a fantastic example of God's universal love for mankind. It's a pretty amazing thing to have had a prophet sent to us Gentiles in the Old Testament. I'm not sure there is another example of that. Their repentance was remembered even by Meshikha (Mattai 12:41) who used the sign of Jonah to demonstrate that once again God's message will be brought to us.

I do think Jonah, unintentionally and unwillingly of course, planted the seeds of faith that later would become an important part of the Church of the East. Maybe that was God's plan, after all. It's an interesting thought.

P.S. - the tomb of Jonah near Nineveh is a place of pilgrimage to this very day. My last name, incidentally, is Aramaic for "Jonah." <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->
+Shamasha Paul bar-Shimun de'Beth-Younan
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Nineveh - by Keith - 11-23-2003, 10:58 PM
[No subject] - by Paul Younan - 11-24-2003, 02:15 AM
[No subject] - by Keith - 11-24-2003, 02:29 AM
[No subject] - by Paul Younan - 11-24-2003, 04:33 AM

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