Elton Trueblood. · Rating details · 90 ratings · 16 reviews. The Humor of Christ inspires Christians to redraw their pictures of Christ and to add a persistent . there is good evidence that Jesus taught with humor and used irony, and . “The Humor of Christ” by Elton Trueblood, HarpersCollins. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year.

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Jesus did u Although this is a fairly short book, it wasn’t the easiest read. That may sound strange when critiquing a piece of theological scholarship, chfist to my way of thinking, if you’re going to write about God being a funny guy, perhaps you should consider lightening up a little yourself.

Would you believe I have had this book on my shelf since my college years and had not read it? Perhaps this gloomy, serious Jesus was a significant obstacle in when this book was first published – and perhaps it still is a problem in some circles.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. In a valuable appendix 30 humorous Gospel passages are listed for further study. It took me a while to get through this book because it’s very scholarly, but I’m glad I read it.

I see a lot of Trueblood’s thoughts lived on through this man. Trueblood’s stated goal is to get Christians moving away from the notion that the historical figure of Jesus was a somber, gloomy figure focused on carefully creating a new orthodoxy.

Bill rated it it was amazing Jul 10, Andrew Buttry rated it it was ok Jul 18, Jesus was constantly hilarious and the fact that this is missed accounts for so much drab in the church.

dlton Trueblood challenges the picture of a “humor-less” Jesus, and he brings out the irony and humor in Christ’s words and parables. Realizing something is an idiom that we once interpreted in a wooden, literal way. Want to Read saving…. A few wry asides or author’s examples of humor in his own faith-walk might have added some emotional heft to his intellectual argument.


It’s an analysis of Jesus’ wit and humor in the Gospels. On the other hand, we’ve overcome this before. We should be very careful using this as an interpretive tool when reading the Bible.

There was also nothing that I would say is memorable from the book itself. Rev Gary rated it really liked it May 05, Elton Trueblood has tackled a difficult, neglected, but vital tye for understanding the Bible in general and Jesus in particular. He calls the humor of Christ a “neglected aspect” of his human incarnation.

Trueblood does a good job showing Jesus’ strategic use of humor and irony. The author sought to show Christ’s humor which is often lost in Christendom these days. Small wonder that so many people are left with the impression that the Bible is a dull, humorless book, and that Jesus is a dull, humor Elton Trueblood has tackled a difficult, neglected, but vital topic for understanding the Bible in general and Jesus in particular.

The Humor of Christ – Elton Trueblood – Google Books

Sep 09, Sarah rated it really liked it. I read it a while ago during grad school. Mar 07, Nate Ot rated it liked it Shelves: Maybe something like the God of the OT that others seem to think is so much different. My biggest criticism of this book is that it is not very funny.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is all very credible and helpful, especially to those who have not perhaps considered in full how funny Jesus really was.

It is not perhaps as ground-breaking as it once was nor as funny as it could should?


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. James rated it really liked it Nov 22, I have a professor who was mentored by Trueblood himself. Worth a read since it is so short, but not the best book ever. That being said, I think this is a good book – but it feels like at some points that it’s digging for places that aren’t totally there.


There were a couple of places where I thought the author read humor humr stories and the words of Christ where it wasn’t present but at the same time, he did open my eyes to see Christ’s humor in places I had missed.

The Humor of Christ. Throughout the Gospels, Christ employed humor for the sake of truth and many of his teachings, when seen in this light, become brilliantly clear for the first time. Feb 21, Douglas Wilson rated it liked it Shelves: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Recommended to all students of Jesus and Scripture. Although I enjoyed the book, Here is another book I rescued epton a stack of donations to the SPU Library that were on their way to be discarded or destroyed and before anyone protests, this is usually done only because one chridt more copies of the donated book are already held in SPU’s general collection. Trueblood invites us to see how Jesus uses irony and other tools of humor to make a point.

He also invites us to consider some of the harder sayings of Jesus and understand them as Jesus employing humor often stating the absurd to make a point.

Although this is a fairly short book, it wasn’t the easiest read.