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If you don’t have a sense of humour please stay away from the Bible

Nick Baines reflects on humour in the Bible

If you don’t have a sense of humour please stay away from the Bible

THIS MIGHT SOUND A BIT ODD, but the Bible is a very funny book. One of my favourite episodes can be found in Mark’s Gospel when the “sons of thunder”, James and John, come to Jesus on the quiet and ask if, when he comes into his kingdom, they can occupy the seats either side of his throne. Jesus asks them if they know what they are asking. Of course, being the Big Boys, they are sure they do. Jesus doesn’t argue or deride them, but he does tell them that one day they will share his fate. Then comes the funny bit. “When the others heard about this, they began to get cross.” What I want to know is: who told them? I think it was probably Jesus whispering: “Guess what James and John have just asked me!”

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