When most modern readers open their Bibles, they do it with the belief that they are reading a book that is solemn and serious. The Good Book contains, of course, the Good News and is, as such, full of uplifting and inspirational stories. Within its pages, there are tales of people who overcome incredible adversity, anecdotes about miraculous healings and the amazing power of forgiveness. Those who read the Bible are confronted with stories of God’s grace and love. They also find within the Bible advice on how to live, how to worship and how to approach God. As such, the Bible is often approached with a sense of awe or a serious, studious focus. Rarely does anyone open the Bible with the anticipation of being entertained.
Modern readers miss many aspects of the Bible or gloss over elements of even the most famous stories because the cultural context has been lost. The original writers did not spell out certain things because anyone who was reading the Bible at that time would have understood the writer’s point implicitly. Unfortunately, only serious scholars tend to possess that historical context today. As such, modern readers miss a number of things in the Bible, among them the humor that permeates some of the best known stories. Here are four jokes in the Bible you probably missed the last time you read it.