Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Humour in the Bible (6)

My mini-series on “Humour in the Bible’ was triggered when a parishioner (J.T.) “caught” a reference which I made in my Jan 10th sermon at St. Boniface on Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL (That sermon may be read on this blog).

J.T. is astute. He understood that I’d referenced a biblical pun from Isaiah 56.

Puns are a wonderful/dreadful form of humour.

Here is the Isaiah passage. Can you find the fabulous pun (regarding eunuchs?).

Isaiah 56

3 Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say,
"The LORD will surely exclude me from his people."
And let not any eunuch complain,
"I am only a dry tree."
4 For this is what the LORD says:
"To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose what pleases me
and hold fast to my covenant-
5 to them I will give within my temple and its walls
a memorial and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that will not be cut off.

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