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Conrad Hyers is an American writer, lecturer, and ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Before his retirement he was Professor of Religion at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804216533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804216531
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amber McCann on August 15, 2000
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Ok I believe laughter is the best medicine, and seriously I have always seen the Bible to have intensely funny moments. This book displays the humor and the comedy in the bible in a lovely way. SO many people say 'the bible is SO boring, but this book allows you to see the fun stories, the laughter, they humor and then take that and add it to the original verses. Result: You will get more people interested in hearing about all the bible characters and stories. Definately a good book.
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This is a wonderful book, full of fascinating insights and extremely well written.

Fear not, it does not treat the Bible as a joke book but rather more akin to a great Shakespearean comedy/tragedy. The author notes that the main difference between Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies is that while the tragedies usually focus on grand historical personages and preserve distinctions, the comedies level society and group people together, which he believes is the true spirit of the Bible.

The analysis is very serious, even as he focuses on the comic and ironic elements of some favorite Bible stories. His analysis of the Book of Jonah is truly brilliant, as he demonstrates the many absurd elements seen in the textual account of Jonah running away from God's call to preach mercy to Israel's mortal enemy the Assyrians. (This would be comparable to a Jew receiving a Divine summons to travel to Berlin in the midst of World War II to preach repentance and mercy to Hitler!)

I cannot recommend this book enough. It is a truly great blessing and full of memorable ideas and insights. Especially for those who have become jaded by Biblical fundamentalism, this book comes as a very welcome relief. It will restore admiration and appreciation for the Biblical story in even the most cynical and jaded hearts (as it did for me).

Shalom baShem Yeshua - Peace in Jesus' Name!
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