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JONAS, JONA (jō'nas, jō'na, Gr. Iōnas, Iōna)

JONAS jō’ nəs (̓Ιωνάς). KJV Apoc. and NT form of Jonah (Matt 12:39; 16:4; Luke 11:29, 30); KJV form of John in John 21:15-17.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

(Ionas; the King James Version, Jonan):

(1) Son of Eliasib (1 Esdras 9:1).

(2) Corresponds in 1 Esdras 9:23 to "Eliezer" in Ezr 10:23.

(3) The prophet Jonah (2 Esdras 1:39; Tobit 14:4,8).

(yonah, or yochanan; Iona):

(1) The name given in Mt 12:39-41; 16:4; Lu 11:29-32 the King James Version to the Old Testament prophet Jonah (the Revised Version (British and American) renders "Jonah").

See Jonah.

Jonas may be a contraction for Joanes (Keim). It has also been suggested that the father of Simon may have had a double name, Jona-Johannes (compare F. H. Chase in HDB, article "John, father of Simon Peter").