Elton Trueblood. · Rating details · 90 ratings · 16 reviews. The Humor of Christ inspires Christians to redraw their pictures of Christ and to add a persistent . there is good evidence that Jesus taught with humor and used irony, and . “The Humor of Christ” by Elton Trueblood, HarpersCollins. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year.
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I also appreciated the many insights the author offered about the nature of humor and its importance in life.
He shows how humor is employed in controversy, in parables, and in short dialogues. What I found best about the book was that it made Jesus seem more like a real person, not just an idea floating around out there. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In a valuable appendix 30 humorous Gospel passages hmuor listed for further study. Return to Book Page.
One of the best things about those books was how it got me thinking. Christopher rated it really liked it Jun 06, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. He calls the humor of Christ a “neglected aspect” of his human incarnation. This is all very credible and helpful, especially to those who have not perhaps considered in full how funny Jesus really was.
I read it a while ago during grad school. But like other reviewers have stated, I’m glad I finished it. Please provide an email address. My biggest criticism of this book is that it is not very funny.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It will make me view the gospels differently. The general theological attitude of the book would seem to draw from the liberalism of the preceding generation.
Then again, I’m used to the idea that Jesus had a sense of humor because that was just a part of His humanity as well as His divinity. Jesus did use humor more than many today probably realize.
There were a couple of places where I thought the author read humor into stories and the words of Christ where it wasn’t present but at the same time, he did open my eyes to see Christ’s humor in places I had missed. A few wry asides or author’s examples of humor in his te faith-walk might have added some emotional heft to his intellectual argument.
KIRKUS REVIEW Believing that neglect of the element of humor in the teachings of Jesus has led to failure to appreciate the full scope of his teaching and to an unduly somber piety, the author analyzes what he finds as the humorous vein in the Gospels, particularly the Synoptics, with especial emphasis upon Christ’s use of irony. Mar 13, Paul J rated it really liked it.
Worth a read since it is so short, but not the best book ever.
I grabbed this slim volume from the stack because it was free, because the title intrigued me and because I recognized the author, Elton Trueblood, as a well-known 20th century Quaker fo.
I read an autographed copy given to me by my parents.
On the other hand, we’ve overcome this before. Sep 09, Sarah rated it really liked it.
Be the first to discover new talent! Julie rated it ttrueblood it Apr 29, Maybe something like the God of the OT that others seem to think is so much different. The relation of humor to the tragic is touched upon, but the author fails to relate his thesis adequately to the crucifixion, or to develop thoroughly the pathos resulting– as in Lincoln–from the close affinity of humor with suffering. Believing that neglect of the element of humor in the teachings of Jesus has led to failure to appreciate the full scope of his teaching and to an unduly somber piety, the author analyzes what he finds as the humorous vein in the Gospels, particularly the Synoptics, with especial emphasis upon Christ’s use of irony.