Humour in the Bible: Book 4 Numbers

Botticelli: The Punishment of Korah and the Stoning of Moses and Aaron. Detail of a fresco.No one has get suggested humour in Leviticus, so I’m moving on while I think…

Numbers 11 provides a fun story with several wry smiles, and Moses tells God that as Israel’s mother (which role Moses himself is not at all keen on) Yahweh should feed and care for these “babies”.




  1. i always find asking people to preach on Lev 15 funny, but i guess that is not the same thing :-p

  2. There’s so much in Leviticus that modern readers find funny at least for their strangeness. I’ll leave it to the OT scholars to find the funnies in that book!

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      Oh, I’ve got a passage I’m working on… complete with Cuneiform parallels 🙂 However, it’s not gentle humour, more scathing sarcasm, but more than a little of the Bible’s humour is like that…

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