850 BC - 810 BC

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Jonah or Jonas (Hebrew: יוֹנָה Yōnā, lit. 'dove') is a prophet in the Hebrew Bible hailing from Gath-hepher in the Northern Kingdom of Israel around the 8th century BCE. He is the central figure of the Book of Jonah, which details his reluctance in delivering the judgment of Yahweh to the city of Nineveh (near present-day Mosul) in the Neo-Assyrian Empire. After he is swallowed by a large sea creature (Hebrew: דג גדול, romanized: dāḡ gāḏol, lit. 'large fish') and then released, he returns to the divine mission. In Judaism, the story of Jonah represents the teaching of repentance in Judaism, the ability to repent to God for forgiveness. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jonah has received more than 3,799,128 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Jonah is the 36th most popular religious figure (down from 31st in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Israel (down from 12th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Jonah is most famous for being swallowed by a giant fish.

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  • 80.46

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  • 61

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  • 13.33

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.60

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Jonah has had the most page views in the with 502,850 views, followed by Arabic (153,505), and Spanish (149,365). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Banjar (1,558.18%), Malagasy (118.92%), and Tagalog (96.36%)


Among religious figures, Jonah ranks 36 out of 3,187Before him are Saint Stephen, Saint Barbara, Sarah, Husayn ibn Ali, Abu Hanifa, and Martin of Tours. After him are Ruhollah Khomeini, Pope John Paul I, Mark the Evangelist, Queen of Sheba, Anthony the Great, and John the Apostle.

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Among people born in 850 BC, Jonah ranks 1After him are Jeroboam II, King Xuan of Zhou, King Li of Zhou, Mesha, King Yi of Zhou, Shoshenq V, Lutipri, Marduk-zakir-shumi I, and Marduk-balassu-iqbi. Among people deceased in 810 BC, Jonah ranks 1After him are Shamshi-Adad V, and Ishpuini of Urartu.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Jonah ranks 13 out of 466Before him are Ramesses II (-1303), Josephus (37), Samson (-1118), Mary Magdalene (-10), Matthew the Apostle (10), and Mahmoud Abbas (1935). After him are Ariel Sharon (1928), Yitzhak Rabin (1922), Isaiah (-800), Saul (-1079), Herod the Great (-73), and Benjamin Netanyahu (1949).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Jonah ranks 10Before him are John the Baptist (-20), Isaac (-1900), Elijah (-1000), Samson (-1118), Mary Magdalene (-10), and Matthew the Apostle (10). After him are Isaiah (-800), Saul (-1079), Judas Iscariot (50), Bartholomew the Apostle (-100), Thomas the Apostle (1), and Ezekiel (-621).