Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Meet the Parents

Imagine you're meeting your future in-laws for the first time and your future wife's father says this:

"Eat, drink, and be merry; for it is your right to take my child. But let me explain the true situation to you. I have given my daughter to seven husbands, and when each came to her he died in the night. But for the present be merry."

That's from Tobit 7:9-11 (RSV) in the Apocrypha. Comforting, isn't it?

I've got to read more of the Apocrypha sometime.


kate said...

Oh my,...that's hilarious. Not exactly a good Biblical pick-up line eh? I keep trying to read the Apocrypha, but keep forgetting that I want to, am stuck with a super old version, or when I have a decent version in front of me, I'm supposed to be paying attention to something else. Tobit seems rather interesting. Maybe we should try reading Macabees with Hankuah coming up so we can read the story for ourselves....if you haven't already?

Something in my brain goes 'oh...this is strange" when I'm reading it. I'm facinated, but maybe my inner Protestant gets nervous? hehe


Alex said...

How's this Biblical pick-up line?

"I have the gift of prophecy, and I can see that you're going to get the gift of tongues."