Talk:Bible Homework 2 Answers - Student One

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There are a few examples of Jesus using hyperbole that I think were intended to be funny and lightly make serious points. In Matthew 7:3-5 Jesus talks about how silly it is to point out a speck of sawdust in another man's eye when you have a plank of wood stuck in yours. Tell me that's not a silly image. When pointing out that people sometimes overlook the spirit of the law like the forest for the trees, Jesus said the Pharisees strain out of a gnat but swallow a camel. Matthew 23:24. That's a pretty funny image! Matthew also has Jesus pointing out how silly and pointless it is to have the blind lead the blind. I doubt many people know that's a Biblical image, but it is used all the time these days to humorously refer to a hopeless situation. The other examples of Jesus' humor I've seen pointed out to me also involve hyperbole or having people do really dumb stuff in order to enlighten and inspire. After mass tomorrow I will ask a Carmelite friar friend who thinks he's a comedian for the names of some books about Jesus's humor. Nate 21:44, 16 October 2010 (EDT)

Thanks for the interesting examples. I even checked your gnat/camel example, and indeed you're right! Matthew_20-28_(Translated)#Chapter_23
I had never viewed these examples as humorous ones, but you've persuaded me. Also, I didn't know the "blind leading the blind" was from Jesus. Thanks much for your insights!--Andy Schlafly 22:09, 16 October 2010 (EDT)