Humor and Joy in Mark, Thomas, Matthew, and Luke
Monday, October 25, 2021
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Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig
Within the gospels of Mark, Thomas, Matthew, and Luke is a large set of pithy sayings whose primary meanings are humor and joy. It is probable that most of these sayings existed before these gospels were written and were for generations part of oral lore. A number of these 1-5 sentence jokes, quips, hidden transcripts, teases, burlesques, aphorisms, and celebrative gestures were probably composed by Jesus, but many others by Jesus people in post-Jesus times. And, a large number of them have lost their ancient humor, pleasure, wonder, and charm, becoming more like puzzles and piety.