25 Jan '13 05:37>
"Thread: Biblical Humor"
Originally posted by divegeesterThanks, divegeester. 🙂 No, no fables on that one; I do have some in depth exegesis of the Hebrew texts that I’m pulling together—short version: the Hebrew bible refers to (a) abusive relations of any kind, (b) homosexual relations (generally by otherwise heterosexual males) in the context of ritual idolatry, and (c) relationships that would be prohibited to heterosexuals as well (e.g., incestuous ones), but does not speak to homosexual relations in general (no reference to lesbian relations, no mention of what we would call a committed relationship between gays). There does appear to be a limited prohibition for priests (Levites/kohanim), and perhaps in the land of Israel (aretz yisrael), only. [Though the original Levitical texts were apparently amended/expanded in the time of Ezra the Scribe.]
Very good, and thank for posting vistesd. I guess us Christians can rest assured that God doesn't really hate children after all. 🙂
You don't happen to have a similar fable about homosexuals by any chance do you?
Originally posted by Grampy Bobbythen obama took out two six inch nails and a hammer.
In Washington, DC an old priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served
the people of the nation's capital and was well known among the elected officials.
He motioned for his nurse to come near.
"Yes, Father?" said the nurse.
"I would really like to see President Obama and Senator Reid before I ...[text shortened]... "Jesus died between two lying thieves; I would like to do the same".
Originally posted by vistesdAre you suggesting the entire Bible is a joke of some sort?
Although not nearly as funny as the joke in the OP, here is an example of indirect humor in the Hebrew Scriptures, in which there are puns and jokes that also sometimes carry a moral. Unfortunately, they are likely to be missed by people who insist on a “literalistic/historicistic” (descriptive/factual) reading (perhaps especially in translation).
Anyway ...[text shortened]... (who see the pun and the lesson) rolling their eyes, and the adults laughing up their sleeve.