Jonah in Hebrew is Yonah Meaning: Dove
The ‘yonah’ dove, in the Scripture is much more than just a beautiful, lovely bird. It is the most symbol-rich creature in the Scriptures.
First, the Yonah with the olive branch in its beak is the world’s symbol of peace. This is after the famous verse:
And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noach knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
BERE’SHIYTH (GENESIS) 8:11 את CEPHER
This dove symbolized peace on earth because the olive branch it brought back to the ark indicated the end of YAHUAH’s wrath over mankind and his Creation.
The Yonah is also a symbol of love, or more precisely, the female beloved:
Behold you, lovely shepherdess; behold you, you have the lovely eyes of doves.
SHIYR HASHIYRIYM (SONG OF SOLOMON) 1:15 את CEPHER
I am sleeping, but my heart is aroused with the sound of my darling knocking: Open to me, my sister, my shepherdess, my dove, my flawless one: for my head is filled with nightmist, and my locks with the moistures of the night.
SHIYR HASHIYRIYM (SONG OF SOLOMON) 5:2 את CEPHER
It is also mentioned as an imagery of the eyes of a male beloved:
His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fully set.
SHIYR HASHIYRIYM (SONG OF SOLOMON) 5:12 את CEPHER
The most powerful symbol of the Yonah may be found in the metaphor of YAHUAH’s appearance as a dove:
And YAHUSHA, when he was immersed, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw את eth-the RUACH YAHUAH descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
MATTITHYAHU (MATTHEW) 3:16 את CEPHER
Yonah, dove, is the exact same Hebrew name of the prophet Jonah. ‘J’ sounds do not exist in Hebrew, and if you came across an English Scriptural name with this letter, you can convert the ‘J’ to a ‘Y’ and keep the vowels as they are.
Quick quiz questions:
What is then the Hebrew name of Joseph?
How about the Ancient Scriptural name ‘Jerusalem’?
The answers are: 1. Yoceph
2. Ye•ru•sha•lem. This name was later in the Scripture changed to: ‘Ye•ru•sha•la•yim,’ which is the name we use today. Yonah is also a common name, and nowadays it has become both a male’s and female’s name.
Interesting Facts Regarding The Dove
Among all the beautiful Birds our ABBA Father YAHUAH Created The Dove is a most unique bird of all.
If you would allow Your Brother another moment of your time I would love to share a few characteristics of the nature of The Dove.
The Dove (Yonah) seek out only pure seeds and grains to eat.
Unlike other birds who eat not only seeds but worms and bugs and dead stuff.
Plus all the other birds have to eat small pebbles and rocks to go fill their gizzard or crawl to grind up their food where as the Dove does not require such.
The Dove when drinking water places their beak into the water and draws the water like you and I would draw water through a straw….
Where as other birds cannot draw the water and have to fill their beak, lift up their head and let the water trickle down their throat.
The Dove walks much like we do taking left and right steps where as most other birds hope from place to place.
The Dove mates for life where as other birds change partners often.
No wonder that our Most Loving ABBA Father YAHUAH chose The Dove (Yonah) to Represent Himself, The RUACH HAQODESH (Set-Apart Spirit) when YAHUSHA our Messiah was Immersed in Water.
The next day Yahuchanon sees YAHUSHA coming unto him, and says, Behold the Lamb of YAHUAH, which takes away the sin of the world.
This is he of whom I said, After me comes a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Yashar’el, therefore am I come immersing with water.
And Yahuchanon bore record, saying, I saw the RUACH descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to immerse with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom you את eth shall see the RUACH descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which immerses with the RUACH HA’QODESH.
And I saw, and bore record that this is the Son of ELOHIYM.
YAHUCHANON (JOHN) 1:29-34 את CEPHER
Gerald W Thomas in New Hebron, Mississippi