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ERIC Number: ED203388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Some Humor in the Bible.
Woehlk, Heinz D.
The Bible contains a variety of literary genres including drama, tragedy, and epic poetry, and it is an excellent basis for character study. It also contains a certain amount of humor, which should not be overlooked by students of biblical literature. Examples of intentional humor include the second version of the creation, found in the second chapter of Genesis, in which God gets the order of things backwards and creates Man before He has made the earth habitable. The characters of the biblical heroes are, on closer scrutiny, at least human if not humorous, as shown by Abraham's very bemused and undignified reaction to God's news that his 90-year-old wife will bear him a child. God Himself must have had a sense of humor to have chosen Lot to be saved, continually bailing him out of sticky situations in his quest for self-indulgence. Moses is also a most unlikely and reluctant hero, often given to whining. "Patient" Job, always ready to find fault, repeatedly demands an audience with God to plead his innocence, but runs and hides when he finally gets his chance. The whole scene of Jonah, with his martyr complex, being vomited from the belly of a whale also exemplifies the rich humor that gives the Bible its depth, timelessness, and grace. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Regional Conference of the Colorado Language Arts Society and the National Council of Teachers of English (Colorado Springs, CO, March 13-15, 1981).