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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This is all very credible and helpful, especially to those who have not perhaps considered in full how funny Jesus really was. There was a problem adding your email address. Trueblood knows a different Jesus—one who often had a wry smile and a twinkle in his eye, one who laughed out loud with full-hearted, infectious laughter, who got invited to parties, who was the life of the party, who joked with his friends and lampooned his adversaries, inviting us all to laugh at ourselves—at the way we take ourselves so seriously.

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Might Christ have had a sense of trueblooc What I found best about the book was that it made Jesus seem more like a real person, not just an idea I was really excited to read this book when I discovered it at our church library. My biggest criticism of this book is that it is not very funny.

Jesus did u Although this is a fairly short book, it wasn’t the easiest read. That may sound strange when critiquing a piece of theological scholarship, but to my way of thinking, if you’re going teueblood write about God being a funny guy, perhaps you should consider lightening up a little yourself. By default, I’ve always imagined Him as the severe, serious type.


However, this is a good book to anger legalists who love an angry Jesus who thinks just like they do so I’ll be keeping a copy nearby.

The humor of Christ

Overall, I think the author succeeded in his objective. Trueblood’s name will carry this father than its thesis might indicate.

Christopher rated it really liked it Jun 06, May 04, Michael rated it it was amazing. Perhaps this gloomy, serious Jesus was a significant obstacle in when this book was first published – and perhaps it still is a problem in some circles. Jesus was constantly hilarious and the fact that this is missed accounts for so much drab in the church.

THE HUMOR OF CHRIST by D. Elton Trueblood | Kirkus Reviews

I have a professor who was mentored by Trueblood himself. This book was like listening to someone explain a joke that you didn’t get, not very fun, but it explores an aspect of Jesus’ ministry that apparently was prominent, but we tend to ignore. Maybe something like the God of the OT that others seem to think is so much different.

Rtueblood the other hand, we’ve overcome this before. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. In a valuable appendix 30 humorous Gospel passages are listed for further study. Please provide an email address. I subsequently gave my copy away, and I’d love thf read it again. Humor does not always survive intact from one culture to another. It reads something like a long essay, split into chapters, but was still very interesting and easy to read, when I wasn’t distracted.

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. Jul 07, Iris Odelle rated it it was amazing. Would be more aptly named “The Whit of Christ”, or “Jesus had a wry sense of humor, maybe.


The Humor of Christ: A Bold Challenge to the Traditional Stereotype of a Somber, Gloomy Christ

I see a lot of Trueblood’s thoughts lived on through this man. Small wonder that so many people are left with the impression that the Bible is a dull, humorless book, and that Jesus is a dull, humorless man. Irony, satire, paradox, even laughter itself help clarify Christ’s famous parables, His brief sayings, and important events in His life.

Mar 13, Paul J rated it really liked it. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

I was really excited to read this book when I discovered it at our church library.

Trueblood challenges the picture of a “humor-less” Jesus, and he brings out the irony and humor in Christ’s words and parables. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Humor of Christ inspires Christians to redraw their pictures of Christ and to add a persistent biblical detail, the note of humor. Realizing something is an idiom that we once interpreted in a wooden, literal way. It’s encouraging to be reminded that He laughed too.

Andrew Buttry rated it it was ok Jul 18, Full disclosure – I don’t usually read the Gospels that way. Worth a read since it is so short, but not the best book ever.

By default, I’ve always imagined Him as the s “I’m the way the truth and the life.