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

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

Elijah the Tishbite was a “lord of hair” (photo by JD Hancock)

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 of the passage, it seems a shame to be talking about humour but not be “allowed” to get any laughs ๐Ÿ™

NB: this reading is basically the NRSV, which being a very literal translation captures the fairy tale quality of the telling rather well.

Special bonus: reading of 2 Kings 1 based on the NRSV