Prostitute in the Family Tree: Discovering Humor and Irony in the Bible

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The Bible is funny! Very funny, according to Douglas Adams. In this book, Adams demonstrates how readers can discover this often-neglected humor looking at the Bible as a whole and seeing biblical stories with all their rough edges--the unethical and ambiguous characters, the unsolved problems, and the surprising endings. Adams argues that by missing the humor and irony of the Bible, readers often miss intended meanings as well.

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Overview

The Bible is funny! Very funny, according to Douglas Adams. In this book, Adams demonstrates how readers can discover this often-neglected humor looking at the Bible as a whole and seeing biblical stories with all their rough edges--the unethical and ambiguous characters, the unsolved problems, and the surprising endings. Adams argues that by missing the humor and irony of the Bible, readers often miss intended meanings as well.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664256937
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Douglas Adams served as Professor of Christianity and the Arts at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California until his death in 2007.
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Table of Contents

1 The Prostitute in the Family Tree: The Telling Humor of Biblical Stories as Grandparent Stories 1
2 Fractured Families and Busted Banquets: The Wounded-Healing Humor of Jesus' Parables 12
3 Jesse Helms and Jesse Jackson Together in the White House: The Mind-Boggling Humor of Jesus' Parables 25
4 Injustice in Raising Wages, Grades, and Who's in Hell? The Cutting-Edge Satire of Jesus' Parables 43
5 A Sack Lunch and Bathtub Wine: The Clowning Humor of Jesus' Miracles 59
6 Love, Grandma: The Fooling Humor of Paul's Letters 78
7 Role Reversals in Dialogues Between the Finite and the Infinite: Bringing the Humor of Hebrew Scriptures to Life 100
Notes 117
Bibliography 121
Index 125
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    Best fun I ever had while learning

    Contrary to other reviews, the author is not an atheist. Had they bothered to read the notes on the author, he is an ordained minister. The book takes a humorous look at the "inside jokes" in the bible, and the frailties of the cast of characters therein.

    If you are not threatened by the idea that not every person mentioned in the bible is perfect. This may be the book for you.

    For me, it made the bible a little more real, a little less hard to try to emulate, and a lot more human. (Not to be confused with humanism.)

    Take a look, you might find that God is not the boogieman, and might be a being with a sense of humor too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2003

    Attention!

    This is NOT the Douglas Adams famous for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and other funny novels. the name similarity is just a coincidence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

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    No, he touches up on "blasphemy" because he is an athiest and is trying to make a point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    hahaha funny

    Like most Douglas Adams books it is hilarious, it had me rolling on the ground by the first five pages. The only time I stopped in this book was to catch my breathe. Truly a funny insight on the Bible and christian beliefs, the only problem is that Douglas Adams touches up on blasphemy just to get the reader to laugh. But it's fine by me. Overall good book and well-worth the read.

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