A Question I Was Asked:

Did Jonah Die in the Great Fish?

I hear that some preachers teach that Jonah died after being swallowed by the great fish and the Lord restored him back to physical life but I see no evidence of that from the Book of Jonah.

UK Apologetics Reply:

I agree. I have carefully gone through Jonah 1-4 and there is no indication that Jonah died whatsoever. He would have died except that the Lord arranged for a great fish (possibly a whale) to swallow him whole, that fish later vomited him up on dry land. His experience lasted for three days and three nights and it was that period of time that he was, it seems, in the belly of the 'great fish.' If he had died, the Lord certainly could have raised him up to complete his mission, but I see no indication that he did. It is known, for example, that the stomach of these huge sea creatures can contain a huge amount of oxygen, this would have sustained Jonah.

So to summarize, the Lord certainly could have restored Jonah to physical life in order to complete his mission but I see no evidence of that in the Book of Jonah.

Just as Jonah was in the belly of a great fish for three days and three nights, so our Lord was 'in the heart of the earth' for that same period of time.

Robin A. Brace. May 6th, 2017.