Archive for the ‘Humour’ Category

  • Would a rose smell as sweet? What’s in a name? Genesis 22

    Would a rose smell as sweet? What’s in a name? Genesis 22

    Usually I try to present the ideas in these podcasts so that anyone can understand. However, this time if you cannot read Scripture except in translation and you have not learned to use an interlinear or computer Bible to get beyond that handicap, this podcast may be less accessible. It deals with the naming of [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible, book 15: Ezra

    Apr 28, 15 • Ezra, Humour1 Comment
    Humour in the Bible, book 15: Ezra

    Ezra is far from the funniest book in the Bible, or the easiest read. Yet even here there are hints and traces of that most human of phenomena, humour. In Ezra 3:12-13 (as often) one either has to laugh or cry. Throughout the book something funny is going on with language and translation (see e.g. [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible, book 14: 2 Chronicles 18

    Apr 1, 15 • 2 Chronicles, Humour5 Comments
    Humour in the Bible, book 14: 2 Chronicles 18

    The strange, and strangely disturbing story of Micaiah ben Imlah in 2 Chronicles 18 which repeats very closely its source in 1 Kings 221 it ticks all the boxes as a passage intended to be funny. And when you read it, it is hilarious. From Jehoshaphat’s gentle resistance through Zedekiah with a “Viking” helmet, and [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible 13: 1 Chronicles 4 The Prayer of Jabez

    Mar 3, 15 • 1 Chronicles, Humour1 Comment
    Humour in the Bible 13: 1 Chronicles 4 The Prayer of Jabez

    The prayer of Jabez was wildly popular a few years back among voguish Christians worried about the lack of obvious and excess prosperity in their lives (compared to those richer and general better off than them, not compared to the world population in general). Even without that 1 Chron 4:9-10 is funny (strange peculiar, if [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible: Book 12: 2 Kings 1: Mission interrupted.

    Feb 2, 15 • 2 Kings, HumourComments Off on Humour in the Bible: Book 12: 2 Kings 1: Mission interrupted.
    Humour in the Bible: Book 12: 2 Kings 1: Mission interrupted.

    Since Google suggests the first chapter of 2 Kings is humorous I’ll measure it against the criteria. It meets most (but not all) which i think makes it clear this passage is not merely funny but was intended to be funny. Though again it is a “black” humour. As a bonus I’ll offer a reading [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible 11: 1 Kings: In an idol moment

    Jan 23, 15 • 1 Kings, Humour2 Comments
    Humour in the Bible 11: 1 Kings: In an idol moment

    Idols, “gods” that people make! The very idea of making a god is one of those notions that almost have to reduce you to tears (whether of laughter or sadness and desperation depends on the circumstances), and the Bible has plenty of fun at the expense (in both senses) of idols. In this episode, therefore, [&hellip...

  • Jonah: Thoroughly fishy!

    Jun 12, 14 • Genre, Humour, Jonah2 Comments
    Jonah: Thoroughly fishy!

    Spotting the exaggerations and humour in the book can help us understand, but it also acts as a warning!...

  • Humour in the Bible Book 7 Judges: Gender Bending

    May 3, 14 • Gender, Humour, Judges2 Comments
    Humour in the Bible Book 7 Judges: Gender Bending

    Judges is one Bible book where it has been common to recognise humour. Ehud killing the fat and oppressive king Eglon in the toilet has been a popular example, though  I’ll pretty much leave the scatology to David and others who appreciate it 😉 I’d rather focus on gender. In Judges relationships between men and [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible elsewhere

    Aug 25, 13 • HumourComments Off on Humour in the Bible elsewhere
    Humour in the Bible elsewhere

    If you have been enjoying my series on humour you may be interested in an article at BAR:  Laughter in the Bible? Absolutely! I think Branch suffers from the lack of criteria and I’d be less confident of some of her examples but it’s a fun and interesting article...

  • Humour in the Bible: Book 6 Joshua: Rahab and the bungling spies

    Jun 27, 13 • Humour, Joshua1 Comment
    Humour in the Bible: Book 6 Joshua: Rahab and the bungling spies

    The little story, in Joshua 2, of Rahab and the clueless pair of young Israelite would be spies, provided Spenser1  (see Signs of humour: especially in written texts acr oss cultures) with a nice example of several of his criteria all together in one text, making it evidently humorous. What do you think? Do the [&hellip...