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From: "Chris" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Sign from the fish's belly
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 19:00:04 +0000

I think the quotations from Matthew nail down the reference pretty well, 
actually. I am convinced that it's a reference intended to relate Horn to 
Christ in a typically prophetic way; but, come to think of it what I hadn't 
considered was that it would seem to indicate that Marble has a much clearer 
idea of the "big picture" than I'd really considered.

There is room for debate, to me, as to what the significance of the 3 days 
in the belly of the fish- it seems open to interpretation. The way I've 
always looked at it, the purpose was to purify Jonah, making him a tool 
worthy of God... possibly by *means* of the punishment, and not just 
concurrent with it. But what bothers me is that it's the Ninevites who are 
receiving the Sign of Jonah and not Jonah himself, so it seems like looking 
at the whole thing from Jonah's perspective is the wrong angle. As far as 
the Ninevites concerned, it's a matter of some guy who should have been dead 
popping out of an unlikely/impossible place and giving them a message of 
doom and repentance, and, well, that's about all I can think of.


"We have arrived at that point where in every civilization Caesar is killed, 
Alexander catches some complaint and dies; personality is exhausted... and 
the art schools are more intelligent every day."
-- W.B. Yeats

>Anyhow, back to the fish thing, there are so many
>sacred and prophetic fishes in Levantine, Occidental
>and Western European myth, I might want another clue
>to be sure we had the right angle with Jonah...there
>is the old Jewish tradition that a fish eye represents
>God's Mercy, being lidless and therefor never closed
>to the suffering of man etc...or wise salmon who eat
>acorns of wisdom in sacred pools, or flounders who
>were bewitched bishops and so forth...the mitre worn
>by the Pope is also a fish symbol, but you knew
>My, how I rambled...hehehe, just fishing folks!

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