Writing the post yesterday on Jesus’ humour drew my attention to the way (with the exception of a couple of posts early in the project) I have not here really provided my long-running1 series of podcasts on humour in each book of the Hebrew Bible with a solid foundation.
Such solid foundations are better laid in text than in audio or video (which is better suited to persuasive or motivational tasks), so I will do it here rather than on 5 minute Bible. I currently plan a series of posts under four (or five) main headings:
- Introduction: Setting the scene
- What is humour?
Probably just one post covering the location of humour – in the speaker/author or hearer/reader or text – and theories of humour
- Identifying humour in ancient texts
A post (or a few posts) that will fill out, explain and justify the criteria listed in my “Distinguishing humour: signs that a text is intended to be funny“
- Some examples of humour from the Bible
- Narrative humour
- Prophetic humour
- The humour of poets
- Jesus’ humour
- Categorising biblical humour
A post (or posts) seeking to pull together and order what has been said.
That’s the plan…
- Begun in April 2011 and currently at Jonah so nearly finished though I still have not done Lamentations. [↩]