Jonah 1:1-16 – Act One – West or East? One of the most well known stories in the Bible is also one of the most contested. Jonah is a 48 verse, 4 chapter narrative, a story. From its structure to its content, it is a masterpiece of literature. While the fish is named once, God is named 39 times. Pull up your carpet-square, and don’t miss the point of Jonah!