How to Study Jonah
Before you read through Jonah, look up 2 Kings 14:23-27, which mentions Jonah and his ministry during the reign of Jeroboam II son of Joash, king of Israel. At that time Shalmaneser IV was king of Assyria.
In a distinctive way mark the key words: Jonah, compassion (compassionate, concerned), relent (s), turn (turned), pray (any reference to prayer or calling out to God), perish (die), Lord (God), appointed, anger (angry), calamity (and synonyms). Double-underline in green every geographical reference. Mark all references to time with a clock ¹.
What you learn about God in this book is a awesome. As you mark the references to Him, you might want to put a triangle in the margin of the text noting what God does.
Record the theme of each chapter on Structure of Jonah and your Bible next to the chapter number. Then fill in the rest of the chart.
Key Words in the NIV and KJV
Key doctrines in Jonah
The mercy of God towards all nations (4:2, 10, 11; Ex. 34:6; Num. 14:18; Ps. 86:5, 15; Joel 2:13; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9)
God’s sovereign rule (1:4, 9, 17; 2:10; 4:6, 7; Job 42:2; Pss. 107:25; 146:6; Neh. 9:6; Matt. 10:29, 30; Acts 17:24; Rom. 8:28)"