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In this fun, meaningful, and practical study of Genesis, Mark Roncace brings readers fifty-three short chapters of wit and amusing observations about the biblical stories, followed by five thought-provoking questions for individual reflection or group discussion. Readers won’t find predictable commentary, scholarly platitudes, or banal life-application questions here.
But beware: don’t let the levity fool you. This is a genuine and thought-provoking examination of the complex accounts in Genesis. Humorous, yet reverent, this refreshing approach to Bible study invites us, whatever our background, to wrestle with the issues in the text and discover the ways those issues intersect our own messy lives. It’s seriously entertaining.
Here is an entry into the biblical texts for a student generation raised on Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Samantha Bee—or for all those who appreciate humor as a way to communicate truth and transform perspectives. Roncace offers a humorist approach to biblical studies that makes room for the funny quip, off-hand remark, intrusive question, and even snarky comment as means to think more deeply about the nature and meaning of the Bible’s first book. The volume is entertaining and funny, but not at all trivial, as provocative humor provides a subtle way for readers to confront some of the challenging questions about God, the Bible, and ourselves that we may prefer to avoid.
—Brad E. Kelle
Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, California
Remember when learning was fun? It is again! Mark Roncace’s book of 53 short, sweet, sparkling studies of Genesis will have you giggling and guffawing, laughing—and learning, too. Holy Hilarity is perfect for just about anyone interested in the Bible, as long as they like a good joke. A brilliant combination of humor and Hebrew, learning and laughing, in which Roncace teaches us that a great sense of humor leads to a grand vision of God.
W. J. A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew
Perkins School of Theology
Southern Methodist University