Funny Stuff in the Bible is a field trip through the Bible library hunting for funny stuff. The many stories and other literature in this library were written over a period of a thousand years. This is well known. Thinking of the Bible as a library provides perspective.
Though there are more copies of this library, its writings bound into a single volume, than of any other book in the world, the literature in it is underrated and underenjoyed. It is underenjoyed because of the smog created by the notion that every word is religiously serious and not for enjoyment, let alone laughter. This overlay of morality and religious seriousness makes it difficult to read a particular story as we do other stories in the world. Funny Stuff shakes off these notions to enjoy some stories.
The Bible is a large library. We can only explore a little of it as we look both for stuff that makes us laugh and also things that are strange. We investigate what we come across--stumble on, so to speak. The quest is undertaken in good humor and with light hearts.
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About the Author
Phillip D. Johnson is Editor Emeritus of Pietisten. Phil has enjoyed a variety of experiences and professions, including pastor, teacher, president of a motel company, and psychologist, and writes regularly in Pietisten. He is self-deployed. "I deploy myself every day," he says. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Table of Contents
Should You Purchase This Book? ix
1 Examples to get started 7
2 Yahweh the Literary Figure and More Stories 20
3 Jesus Weighs In and Lightens Things Up 25
4 Jesus Answers an Easy Question 29
5 The Neighbor 36
6 Rhoda's Story 40
7 A Little Girl in Syria 44
8 A Real Doozie 51
9 Elisha Pursues the Mantle 56
10 Count Your Blessings, a Contemporary Tale 66
11 Research Questions, Reflections, and Casting About 73
12 The Little Guy or Mr. Despicable Comes out on Top 80
13 Jesus Puts Things Right Side Up 83
14 My Favorite Event as Told by Mark 88
15 Something Borrowed 96
16 Remembering a Wedding 99
17 Joy is the Heart of the Kingdom 104
18 Elisha for Secretary of State, Sight and Blindness 112
19 Great Permissions 116
20 Hazards of the Mediterranean or God Hits One out of the Park 119
21 Checking for Likely Laughs 130
Wrap up 134