Jonah the Prophet

[Jonah the Prophet]Also known as

  • Ionas
  • Jonas
  • Yona
  • Yunaan
  • Yunus



Old Testament patriarch and prophet. Hero of the Book of Jonah, he was so reluctant to deliver his prophecy against the city of Nineveh that God had to have him swallowed by a giant fish and then spat out on the city’s shore.


  • c.761 B.C.
  • tradition says he was buried in a tomb in modern Mosul, Iraq
  • the tomb was enclosed in a shrine in the 8th century BC
  • the tomb and shrine were destroyed by Muslims in July 2014


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Jonah the Prophet“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 September 2017. Web. 23 January 2018. <>