Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Reader's Diary #414- The Good News Bible: Kings II

In Kings II, or Kings With A Vengeance, Elisha takes the stage as the ultimate magician. We've got a jug with a seemingly endless supply of olive oil, we've got twenty loaves that manages to feed a hundred people (nevermind that the portions were small), we've even got the classic "parting of the water" trick. But Elisha, ever the showman, tops even that with not one, but two (count 'em, two!) resurrections: 1st he brings a young boy back from the dead and then, just as it seems Elisha's miracles are no more, a corpse is thrown into Elisha's grave, touches his bones, and whambo-bambo, the corpse is now alive and kicking. He's doing magic from beyond, people! This is before Lazarus! This is even before The Man, Himself!

Ahhh, the excitement of it all. Unfortunately it doesn't last. The latter half of Kings II is just one dud of a king after another, each "sinned against the Lord" just like the one before, and every other chapter ends with, "Everything else that King [X] did is recorded in The History of the Kings of Judah" or "in The History of the Kings of Israel." So if you want to know more of the story, you'll need to buy the whole set.

I just hope to see Elisha return in Chronicles. I see him now; ambling into a biker bar sporting a trench coat and a trilby hat that hides his down-turned face. He looks up and reveals cheeks that hang with grey, rotting flesh. He pulls out double-barreled pistols from both pockets, "Did somebody call me 'Baldy'?"


raych said...

HA! Bible jokes. They never get old.

John Mutford said...

Raych: Such a careful line to walk though, isn't it?