A Humorous Jesus? Orality, Structure and Characterisation in Luke 14:15-24, and Beyond

in Biblical Interpretation
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Abstract

If humour is uncharacteristic of the texts of the early Christian movement, sensitivity to rhetorical patterning in oral/aural contexts permits the recognition of innocuous sexual humour in one of the parables attributed to Jesus. Whether or not the humour originates with Jesus, it is suggestive of the way that Jesus was remembered by some of his earliest followers, and lays down a guidepost as to how he might profitably be rendered in modern portraiture or characterised in modern narrative. To that end, this study closes with an assessment of four Jesus novels of the past decade in relation to their depiction of Jesus and humour.

A Humorous Jesus? Orality, Structure and Characterisation in Luke 14:15-24, and Beyond

in Biblical Interpretation

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