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Why is there no humour in the Bible?


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Posted on 19 Jun 2013 17:16:28 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 17:25:27 BDT
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Drew Jones says:
"You're not getting under my skin."
Which gets under the skin of a WUM, somebody that wants and needs to be insulted to have an excuse to throw it all back.

Posted on 19 Jun 2013 17:30:21 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 17:38:27 BDT
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Drew Jones says:
Again, you're welcome. Lean on me anytime.

"Keep in mind you have to to read the comment how it was meant."
You don't exactly mean what you say but how you want people to think you feel i.e. totally at ease with not doing well on the internet, embarrassing youreself and then having to back pedal and tell people how to rationalise your failure.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 17:41:21 BDT
Cheers, Mate!

Posted on 19 Jun 2013 17:48:30 BDT
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I am so flattered by all the wonderful people who take the time to press the no button on my comments.

It's nice to see that you are incapable of not responding to me. Insults are such a sure sign of infatuation.

Thank you all.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 17:57:07 BDT
Stu says:
well seeing what a wonderful person you are we thought that you might prefer it that way

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 17:58:48 BDT
Thank you Stu, I'm touched.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 18:13:35 BDT
mickblue says:
Depends on your sense of humour , try Elijah and the 40 prophets of Baal. Usually makes me smile.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 19:04:55 BDT
Nope. Don't get it. Probably me.

But I'm glad somebody as at least addressed the question in this way. So there is humour in the Bible, if you read it right? My premise was wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 19:53:34 BDT
Bellatori says:
Absolutely...

Posted on 20 Jun 2013 12:32:34 BDT
Muscovy says:
Perhaps sending people to hell and watching them burn for eternity is his way of compensating for the lack of humour in his best-selling book.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 13:51:00 BDT
There is plenty of humour in the Bible... However Jewish humour is different from western humour. As one lecturer remarked to me many years ago: "The thing about Jewish humour is... that it isn't funny."

At least one incident could be considered quite funny: Jesus talking about taking a plank out of your own eye before attempting to remove a speck from someone else's.

I saw it visualised in a dramatization of Matthew's gospel a few years back and it really made me laugh out loud.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 14:29:20 BDT
Henry James says:
WD: As one lecturer remarked to me many years ago: "The thing about Jewish humour is... that it isn't funny."
HJ: Whaaaa??????

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 14:34:24 BDT
TomC says:
I expect it was the way he told 'em.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 14:55:57 BDT
O.Binladen says:
I wondered if that was a typo as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 15:23:38 BDT
Could you perhaps elaborate on the idea of humour which is not funny? Some posters seem perplexed.

I would have read the remark as saying 'ok, this purports to be humour, but since it's not funny it ain't.' You know, as when someone is trying to be funny, rather embarrassing.

Also I can see that humour can be derived from the bible, though I'm not sure the visualisation of a plank in someone's eye fits this idea for me. But it doesn't seem to contain any in its own right. (A camel passing through the eye of a needle ?).

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 15:31:03 BDT
O.Binladen says:
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours ass, always seemed to get me in an awful lot of trouble with the sunday school teachers.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 15:47:09 BDT
Norm Deplume says:
In internet posts any humorous remark that needs to be followed by LOL is not really humorous.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 15:49:06 BDT
C. A. Small says:
A good example of this is Diane's many posts that end with the rather sad, "LOL"

Posted on 20 Jun 2013 15:50:25 BDT
It's one of those things along the lines of 'That sounded a little rude, better stick a lol at the end of it'

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 15:55:12 BDT
C. A. Small says:
Actually, more along the lines of "I have no discernible sense of humour, maybe if I put "LOL" at the end people might think I'm witty".

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 16:18:25 BDT
Or when people say something and then end it with 'not.' As if this constitutes irony!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 16:19:00 BDT
What people find funny varies from age to age and culture to culture. In medieval times people thought jesters funny.

Some people laugh at clowns and some are frightened of them.

Some think The Hangover is the funniest film ever made and some just think it amusing.

The point is that judging the Bible by today's standards is not going to yield much humour - it is not a book of jokes after all.

The context of the comment was in relation (if memory serves) to some references to proverbs, where contrasts are what provide the Jewish humour, contrasts that are largely lost in translation.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 16:19:22 BDT
Only if you are American.
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