By Wayne Jackson Liberal critics of the Bible have frequently alleged that the book of Acts is not a reliable document from the standpoint of history.
Jesus the political revolutionary, Jesus the itinerant wonder-worker, and Jesus the purveyor of wisdomamong others. You have probably never considered Jesus as a stand-up comic.
And for good reason—he wasn't. Nonetheless, it is clear enough that Jesus had a good sense of humor and surrounded himself with others who were similarly endowed. Thus, for example, he is criticized in this manner Matthew Thus, it is appropriate to begin any discussion of New Testament humor with the main character of the narrative, Jesus himself.
A glimpse of Jesus' sense of humor can be enjoyed in the stories surrounding his disciples James and John. Rebuffed by the Samaritansthey addressed Jesus: Although Jesus turned down this request and rebuked the requesters, nonetheless he nicknamed this duo "the sons of thunder" Boanerges; see Mark 3: Given their futile desire to bring down lightning, and thunder, from heaven, this nickname, no matter how gently bequeathed, was bound to be the subject of much humor in numerous retellings of the story.
Moreover, for the "biblically"-literate of Jesus' day, and our own, there is an implicit comparison between James and John's inability to call down "fire from heaven" and the prophet Elijah 's repeated demonstrations of the ability to accomplish just such a feat as recorded in 2 Kings 1.
Alas, James and John, no matter how talented individually, were no match, even when combined, for Elijah the Tishbite!
Much of the Sermon on the Mountit seems to me, would have struck its earliest hearers as funny. Among the Beatitudeswith which the Sermon begins, we can well imagine smiles, if not out-and-out laughter, greeting this remark: That's what the strong do, don't they?
Of course, this is humor with a purpose—to overturn our usual perceptions—but it's humor nonetheless. This statement of Jesus' is an allusion to, if not quotation of, Psalm But its context there seems to lack the rhetorical bite, and thus the attendant humor, of the expression as it appears in the Sermon on the Mount.
And so it follows in the Sermon. Was there actually someone, whom we could imagine, who would "light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket" Matthew 5: When Jesus urges his followers not to "be like the hypocrites" 6: When taken literally, other sayings in the Sermon are—and there should be no doubt about this—very funny.
Three examples are found in Matthew 7: How can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove that splinter from your eye,' while the wooden beam is in your eye? The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined" vv 26— Of course, readers and hearers of the Sermon come to understand that these sayings are not intended to be taken literally, but, to a considerable degree, it is the literal text that makes the teaching so memorable.Acts The True Meaning of the Vision of the Animals in the Sheet - A collection of discussions that will hopefully help us to live a more compassionate cruelty-free lifestyle The New International Commentary on the New Testament - Commentary on the Book of the Acts, Grand Rapids, Wm.
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