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Funny Things Can Happen on Your Way through the Bible Volume 1

Author : Charles D. Barrett
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Proceeding from Voltaire's conclusion that "God is a comedian playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh," this book seeks to uncover some of the many instances in which biblical texts offer readers grace and insight through the divine gifts of humor, wit, and laughter. Readers are invited to take a strikingly unusual, if not unique, approach to the texts, imagining not only the voice inflections but also the body language of their narrators to capture the humorous nuances and ripples of laughter that likely attended the first telling of many biblical stories.

Funny Things Can Happen on Your Way through the Bible Volume 2

Author : Charles D. Barrett
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"In these meditations upon Scripture, the author quickly, lightly opens up the sacred text to us in a way that--to my knowledge--has never been attempted in the entire history of the Christian faith. Through irony, pun, parody, spoof, and joke he reads Scripture with tongue in cheek, a rhyme in his pen, and a smile on his face. If you ever wondered what the Bible would sound like if it were written by Ogden Nash (and who hasn't?), here it is, Charlie Barrett's religious rhymes." --William H. Willimon, acclaimed author and Dean of the Chapel emeritus, Duke University

A Funny Thing Happened on my way Through the Bible

Author : James L. Larson
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In this collection of nearly four thousand Bible verses, author James Larson highlights the humor—and sometimes tragedy—of Scripture through his original and eye-opening interpretation. Respectfully presented with unique commentary and thought-provoking questions, this compilation will be sure to pique interest, inspire deeper contemplation, and launch the curious reader on a journey of reading and reflecting upon God’s Word every day. www.JamesLLarson.com

Translating Scripture for Sound and Performance

Author : James A. Maxey
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The various studies presented in this anthology underscore the foundational matter of translation in biblical studies as understood from the specific perspective of Biblical Performance Criticism. If the assumption for the biblical messages being received is not individual silent reading, then the question becomes, how does this public performative mode of communication affect the translation of this biblical material? Rather than respond to this in general theoretical terms, most in this collection of articles offer specific applications to particular Hebrew and Greek passages of Scripture. Almost all the authors have firsthand experience with the translation of biblical materials into non-European languages in communities who maintain a vibrant oral tradition. The premise is that the original Scriptures, which were composed in and for performance, are being prepared again for live audiences who will receive these sacred texts, not primarily in printed form, but first and foremost in community by means of oral and visual media. This volume is an invitation for others to join us in researching more intensely this intersection of sound, performance, and translation in a contemporary communication of the Word.

Funny Things Can Happen on Your Way Through the Bible

Author : Charles D. Barrett
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Description: Proceeding from Voltaire's conclusion that ""God is a comedian playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh,"" this book seeks to uncover some of the many instances in which biblical texts offer readers grace and insight through the divine gifts of humor, wit, and laughter. Readers are invited to take a strikingly unusual, if not unique, approach to the texts, imagining not only the voice inflections but also the body language of their narrators to capture the humorous nuances and ripples of laughter that likely attended the first telling of many biblical stories. Endorsements: Proceeding from Voltaire's conclusion that "God is a comedian playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh," this book seeks to uncover some of the many instances in which biblical texts offer readers grace and insight through the divine gifts of humor, wit, and laughter. Readers are invited to take a strikingly unusual, if not unique, approach to the texts, imagining not only the voice inflections but also the body language of the original narrators in hopes ofpiercing the sound and sight barriers that stifle the humorous nuances and ripples of laughter that very likely attended the first telling of many a biblical story. If you ever wondered what the Bible would sound like if it were written by Ogden Nash (and who hasn't?) here it is, Charlie Barrett's religious rhymes. -William H. Willimon, distinguished theologian, churchman, and author, in the Foreword As one who undertook a study of biblical humor a half-century ago at Yale, I am immensely gratified to read the delightful work of my colleague Charles Barrett found here. Seeking to enhance the theological message of Scripture by focusing on the dimension of humor, he has recast many of its stories in rhyme, clarifying their theological implications and touching base with the greatest Christian theologians. In this he goes far beyond earlier treatments of the topic by such writers as Elton Trueblood, Webb Garrison, and Jacob Klausner. Barrett's book is unique. It will be a boon to all who preach, teach, and write in the light of Scripture. -John M. Bullard, Ph.D., Albert C. Outler Professor emeritus of Religion, Wofford College With wit and wisdom, Charlie Barrett invites us to think deeply and laugh joyfully as he unveils the humor that abounds in Scripture and the God who laughs. His impish chrymes are mirrors that help us see ourselves for the clowns we are and experience the grace of the Christ who smiles. This fresh approach to The Good Book reveals the playful God who encourages us with love and hope. It will change the way I read the Bible. -Marshall L. Meadors, Bishop emeritus, Jackson Area, the United Methodist Church About the Contributor(s): Charles D. Barrett is Peter B. Hendrix Professor emeritus of Religion, at Wofford College. He is the author of Understanding the Christian Faith (1980) and God Under Our Skin: A Search for the Theological Jesus (2006)."

Funny Things Can Happen on Your Way through the Bible Volume 2

Author : Charles D. Barrett
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"In these meditations upon Scripture, the author quickly, lightly opens up the sacred text to us in a way that--to my knowledge--has never been attempted in the entire history of the Christian faith. Through irony, pun, parody, spoof, and joke he reads Scripture with tongue in cheek, a rhyme in his pen, and a smile on his face. If you ever wondered what the Bible would sound like if it were written by Ogden Nash (and who hasn't?), here it is, Charlie Barrett's religious rhymes."--William H. Willimon, acclaimed author and Dean of the Chapel emeritus, Duke University

A Funny Thing Happened on My Way Through the Bible

Author : Brad Densmore
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A series of questions and answers cover such topics as Moses, the twelve historical books, and Christ

A Funny Thing Happened on My Journey to Heaven

Author : Patricia Coury Hartman
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Me?!? Go to church? Lightning will strike me dead! Me?!? Homeless? Jobless? How did this happen? Me?!? Give money to the church? They are just after my money! Me?!? Go back to school? Become a CPA? I'm over 40! Me?!? Tithe? I give enough! Me?!? Date? How could I ever trust a man again? Me?!? Write a book? I'm a CPA for Heaven's sake! Me?!? Witness? People will think I'm strange! Author Patricia Coury Hartman is, of all things, a CPA. She always sees the lighter side of life, even though she has been through some very deep painful times, including divorce and parenting alone. Her smile and her laughter brighten any room. Her humility shows through in her writing, as she shares transparently how she got to where she is today. She has a gift of taking the complex and making it simple. Her journey has taken her from: [Runaway to Home Again [Liberal to Conservative [Atheist to Christian [Single Mom to Married [Empty Nester [Rebellion to Contentment [Broke to Financially Stable [Bus Driver to CPA [Homeless to Homeowner [Proud to Humble [Lost to Found [Sinner to... well... Grab a cup of coffee and a box of tissues and head for the easy chair. Get ready for times of laughter, reflection and joy...

A Funny Thing Happened on My Way Through the Bible

Author : Martha Bolton
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"Join Emmy-nominated comedy writer Martha Bolton on an absolutely hilarious journey through the Bible in this laughter-packed book. Her zany wit will brighten your day and leave you chuckling with joy as you rediscover the Bible through the eyes of humor.Comments that might have been overheard during Egypt's plague of flies:You left the screen door open again, didn't you, Abigail?Waiter, I think there are 4,000 flies in my soup.Where are all those frogs now that we need them, huh?Just how many pounds do these 'No-Pest Strips' hold anyway?All I know, Omar, is you can't have a beauty contest when the contestants are drawing this many flies.""

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Inventing My Childhood

Author : Mary Wood
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Mary Dobbs was born on the same day as Peter Sutcliffe, the notorious serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper. Instead of murdering adversaries who cross her path, however, she resorts to more subtle acts of revenge. Even so, these actions do not always provide the expected results; hilarity occurs at least as often as vengeance. In her memoir, Mary shares her amusing coming-of-age journey to overcome religious dogma in post-war London during the ever-changing 1950s and 1960s. From an early age, Mary chronicles how she always fancied herself as a trailblazer who nurtured a strong desire to become the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. A self-proclaimed lover of words, Mary made up many of her own to overcome the boredom of her restricted life, in which she was expected to mimic the behavior of her namesake, the mother of Jesus. Determined to change her life, Mary waits until she is a teenager to dye her hair orange, attend a Beatles concert, discover Soho, and splash in the fountains in Trafalgar Square on New Years Eve. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Inventing My Childhood offers a witty glimpse into one womans entertaining journey as she fights to hold onto her identity, discover her passions in life, and ultimately achieve her true destiny.