The Bible And The Comic Vision

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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800634865
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on translation and transliteration
Introduction: An Anatomy of Comedy in the Bible 1
Pt. I The Genesis of Comedy - The Comedy of Genesis 15
1 The Comedy of Creation (Genesis 1-11) 19
2 Domestic Comedy in the Household of Faith (Genesis 12-50) 64
Pt. II The Drive to Comic Regeneration 127
3 Liberation and Laughter: Exodus and Esther 129
4 Jonah as Joke 191
5 The Comedy of Job 221
6 Paradox and Parody in the Song of Solomon 263
Conclusion: A Comprehensive View of Biblical Comedy 278
Bibliography 289
Index of Authors 301
Index of Biblical References 304
Index of Topics 312
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