Different sorts of “humour” in the Hebrew Bible: Appeal for help

In my previous post I quoted a table from Fowler’s classic A Dictionary of Modern English Usage. 1. Device Motive Province Method Audience Humour Discovery Human nature Observation The sympathetic Wit Throwing light Words and ideas Surprise The intelligent Satire Amendment Morals and manners Accentuation The self-satisfied Sarcasm Inflicting pain Faults and foibles Inversion Victim and […]

Continue reading →

Why Marry? (as a starter for consideration of wider issues)

Another of the possible questions (see What is marriage?) which seems to me a good place to start and lay foundations for discussion of marriage is: Why marry? It’s a question that apparently many people today in Western societies (at least) ask. In NZ (as in most Western countries) the marriage rate1 has been declining […]

Continue reading →

Mamma Mia: delicious degustation at the Mount

We bought a GrabOne voucher for a five course degustation menu at Mamma Mia an Italian restaurant at the Mount. Mamma Mia Ristorante Italiano 14B Pacific Ave Mt Maunganui Tauranga 07 575 8245 It doesn’t look like much and has recently changed hands (and name), but the degustation menu looked interesting. The regular menu does […]

Continue reading →

How English-speakers misunderstand the gender of God

English uses natural gender, inanimate objects are neuter “it” while animals and humans are gendered along the lines of the individual’s sex (except for some dialects)1 where the sex of the individual is unknown a guess is made (with e.g. cats being often assumed female and dogs male) rather than the neuter used. This usage […]

Continue reading →