“I may be Adventist but I’m also Jewish and have some connections in the community,” said Sabbath School Bible Study Guide Editor, Clifford Goldstein. “A Jewish New Yorker friend of mine knows Jon and pitched him my idea of injecting some humor into the Sabbath School quarterly as part of his follow-up act after leaving the Daily Show.”
Shockingly the culturally Jewish yet completely secular comic was up to the challenge of cheering up what he recognized as “the most curiously Jewish of Christian churches.”
“Jon Stewart has been doing the Daily Show for as long as I’ve done the Sabbath School Lesson,” said Goldstein. “We started our respective gigs in 1999 but, unlike him, I don’t have a net worth of $80 million. The Sabbath School Lesson doesn’t pay very well. So I’m not throwing in the towel just yet.”
“As Adventists we may be known for many things but humor isn’t one of them,” commented Andrews University-based Church Historian, Elmer Haven. “Historically the odds of an Adventist chortling while reading the Sabbath School lesson have been about as strong as those of him or her being raptured. So I am both curious and somewhat fearful about Jon Stewart’s new project.”
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