Discovering Humor in the Bible: An Explorer's Guide
Some folks are surprised to find humor in the Bible; they don't think it has any. Others are embarrassed; they worry about being sacrilegious. Some laugh and don't tell anyone; others laugh out loud and share it with those around. However people respond, the Bible does, in fact, use humor. This book examines why it's there, why it matters, what it looks like, how to look for it, and what to do with it when you find it. The author's goal is to help people become better Bible readers, growing in both skill and insight. So the book doesn't just display a collection of museum pieces, showing the treasures of other explorers. Instead, it offers readers tools and field guides to become explorers discovering on their own. It's a fun how-to manual, dealing with what is routinely overlooked in teaching about biblical interpretation. Individuals will enjoy reading it, but it's also a rich resource for reading groups, Bible study groups, and classes.
Author: Howard Macy. Quaker Howard R. Macy is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Biblical Studies at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. His published works include Rhythms of the Inner Life: Yearning for Closeness with God, Laughing Pilgrims: Humor and the Spiritual Journey, and the Red Nose Training Manual.
Publisher: Cascade Books, August 2016