Humour in the Bible: Book 1 Genesis

Apr 13, 11 • Genesis, Humour6 CommentsRead More »

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In a post Why the Bible is just not (so) funny David returned to a theme he’s argued before, that the Bible is not funny. Aparently back in 2007 he issued a challenge that readers of his blog could not give examples of humour from every book in the Bible: Funny Stuff in the Bible. Now of course his 2007 post was cheating. He set a (nearly?) impossible task, to find humour in Lamentations might be hard! But that does not mean that there is no humour in Scripture. Just think of one of the occasions when Jesus spoke about camels (he seems to me to have had a thing about camels). Or, for crying out loud, read Jonah aloud in any translation or language you like, and try keeping a straight face…

I thought I would take up David’s challenge. Not seriously, as I said I expect there are some books devoid of humour, it takes all sorts to make up God’s world, even the humourless! But I do plan to work through the Bible (or at the very least the Hebrew Bible) pointing out humour in most of the books.

This podcast refers to Gen 1:14ff. and Gen 3:1-7.

So, here’s the link to the audio: Humour in the Bible: Book 1 Genesis 

6 Responses to Humour in the Bible: Book 1 Genesis

  1. Hi Tim

    You just have to love the Bible, and the God of the Bible. Thank you for opening it up in such an easy and yet thoughtful way. I have a group of ten camp leaders who have been using your 5 minute Bible as part of their preparation for serving at camp next week.

    Many Thanks

    • tim says:

      Hi, Andrew, that’s great to hear! I don’t suppose you can suggest any laughs from Leviticus?

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