Saturday, May 21, 2005

Finding humor in baals and fire from heaven

Peter Leithart considers the humor of 2 Kings 1. First, there is the interplay of "baals." Then, there is this:

There is a comical futility also in Ahaziah's cartoonish insistence on sending troops to apprehend Elijah. If 50 men are burned alive the first time, well, then, let's send fifty more with a demand that Elijah come quickly. That'll do the trick.

As my boys would say: yeah, right.


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