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The Jonah Drama

The Jonah Drama is a 45-minute theatre-in-the-round dramatisation of a significant Old Testament story in which God reminds his people Israel that he is the God of all ethnic groups – a concept he clearly states in Exodus 19:5-6 when he commissions them to be his representatives on earth.

Israel, of course, was not really interested in being God’s ambassador to other nations – especially to the powerful and relentlessly cruel Assyrian Empire, with its capital at Nineveh. Jonah represents Israel’s reluctance – and maybe our reluctance – to get involved. Yet there are over 7,000 people groups still without a congregation worshipping the God of all peoples, in their own language (see statistics in People Groups of the World | Joshua Project). We are reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:14 ‘the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations [ethnic groups] will hear it; and then the end will come.’ (NLT)

The Jonah Drama? ‘It’s gonna be a winner! Only 10 cast and one is the Voice of God so that someone could just read that. Very simple lines with lots of repetition, interesting, and a good bit of potential fun. Simple theology, very easy to direct and produce. Very suitable for small churches – even single churches – to put on. A great story and doubtless heaps I haven’t mentioned. Expect The Jonah Drama to become a firm favourite!’ Peter B.

Note: The Jonah Drama is new, and not yet performed. To arrange for The Jonah Drama at your church, contact Keith Benn, Wycliffe Gospel Drama Coordinator (keith_benn@wycliffe.org.au).

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