Sometimes the naming of things gives us an inaccurate picture of the thing being named. For instance, many people think the “old” in Old Testament means outdated or perhaps updated by the “new” in the New Testament. When in fact, both Testaments are needed to give us the full picture of God’s love and glory.
A similar thing happens with the headings “major prophets” and “minor prophets.” It makes it sound like the major prophets have something major to say to us, while we could take or leave the minor messages of the minor prophets.
In reality, they were given these headings simply because of the volume of writing. The volume of their writing may be minor, but their content carries major messages of meteoric power!
History matters because all of History is His story! Our belief is not based upon “once upon a time” or “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” It’s based on real people in real places. Especially the historicity of Jesus. Jonah was one of those historical people/places that tell the story of Jesus and our redemption!