The Bible And The Comic Vision

The Bible And The Comic Vision

by J. William Whedbee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0800634861

ISBN-13: 9780800634865

Pub. Date: 07/01/2002

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers

This insightful work examines the variety of ways comedy is employed in the Old Testament. Biblical comedy unveils "a comic vision that oscillates between attack and affirmation, corrective and celebration, ridicule and revel." Here Whedbee reveals the subtle uses of parody and satire to subversive effect in six biblical books. But "the Bible…  See more details below

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This insightful work examines the variety of ways comedy is employed in the Old Testament. Biblical comedy unveils "a comic vision that oscillates between attack and affirmation, corrective and celebration, ridicule and revel." Here Whedbee reveals the subtle uses of parody and satire to subversive effect in six biblical books. But "the Bible characteristically does not stop with subversion, for the texts usually drive on toward an affirmation of life and a celebration of the wonder and hopefulness of creation.... In sum, subversion and celebration typically belong together in a comprehensive view of biblical comedy: subversion often serving to undercut and clear away obstacles to the realization of fertility and forgiveness; and celebration finding expression in festivals of freedom and hope."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800634865
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on translation and transliteration
Introduction: An Anatomy of Comedy in the Bible1
Pt. IThe Genesis of Comedy - The Comedy of Genesis15
1The Comedy of Creation (Genesis 1-11)19
2Domestic Comedy in the Household of Faith (Genesis 12-50)64
Pt. IIThe Drive to Comic Regeneration127
3Liberation and Laughter: Exodus and Esther129
4Jonah as Joke191
5The Comedy of Job221
6Paradox and Parody in the Song of Solomon263
Conclusion: A Comprehensive View of Biblical Comedy278
Bibliography289
Index of Authors301
Index of Biblical References304
Index of Topics312

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