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January 29th, 2008
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Has anyone else been struck with the similarity between 1 Corinthians 1 10-17 and Monty Python sketches such as What did the Romans ever do for us and the Spanish Inquisition? I suppose it won't be funny written down, but the Michael Palin in my head is hilarious as Paul:

Paul: I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; still another, "I follow Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you

Corinthian Man: What about Crispus?

Paul: (mutters) Except Crispus

Corinthian Woman: And Gaius!

Corinthian Man: Yes, you baptised Gaius!

Paul: (sighs) And Gaius... so no one can say that you were baptized into my name.

Corinthian Man: And you baptised Stephanus!

Corinthian Woman: You baptised Stephanus and his wife!

Paul: (disgruntelled) Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Beyond that...

Crowd: *shouts out many Corinthian names*

Paul: I don't remember if I baptized anyone else!!! For Christ did not send me to baptize!

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From:woodpijn
Date:January 29th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I can see that :)

I once heard someone (can't remember who) say that bits of the book of James reminded them of Basil Fawlty, particularly the irritated-sounding exhortations, and also this bit (James 5:13-14):

"13Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord."

I can picture that in Basil's voice.
From:wryelle
Date:January 29th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
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ROFL, yes, I've always thought that about that passage.
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From:lonesomepioneer
Date:January 29th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
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BWAH! Awesome.
From:tamsinj
Date:January 29th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
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does baptise really conjugate to baptized? or does paul just have a lisp?
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From:woodpijn
Date:January 29th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
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It's a UK/US difference. The bits that come from the actual passage say "baptize" and "baptized" (presumably because it was copy-pasted from an American site), whereas the bits interpolated by Sally say "baptise" and "baptised" (presumably because she is British).
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From:3c66b
Date:January 29th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
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(peeve) It's not a US/UK difference. z-spelling is a perfectly acceptable choice in British English, and is required by some British journals, for example. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_spelling_differences#-ise.2C_-ize

The KJV uses -ize spellings in this passage.
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From:woodpijn
Date:January 29th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
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OK, but the main point still stands - that the -ize versions are copy-pasted from the Bible and the -ise versions are written by Sally, rather than that the verb conjugates inconsistently.
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From:3c66b
Date:January 29th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I wasn't disputing the main point.
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From:arnhem
Date:January 29th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
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I was very good, and didn't laugh at all during that bit last Sunday.
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From:atreic
Date:January 29th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Takes some doing, doesn't it?
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From:arnhem
Date:January 29th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
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I'm getting a fair amount of practice ...
From:yrieithydd
Date:January 29th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
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[giggles] I was certainly smiling as Matthew read it (and I was facing the congregation as I was serving). I'd never made the Monty Python link, but it's always amused me for the after thoughts -- it's very much being dictated/stream of consciousness. At least here, it's amusing rather confusing as St Paul goes off on a tangential rant sometimes and eventually gets back to the main point. But I shouldn't complain as I do exactly that myself!
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From:sphyg
Date:January 29th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Have you seen/read Eddie Izzard's Letters to the Corinthians?
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From:atreic
Date:January 29th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
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No, I hadn't. Cheers!
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:January 29th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
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ROFL. MST3KBIBLE! It rocks.

It sounds a lot like Abraham and God about Sodom, although less literally.

LORD: The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.
LORD: If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.
ABRAHAM: What about forty-nine?
LORD: If I find forty-nine righteous...
ABRAHAM: So, those forty-eight are pretty screwed then?
LORD: Work with me, you're making me lose my thread again.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 8th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
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You have made my day. Thought you'd like to know.

Chris H, who is emphatically not going to get an account.
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