The Bible and the Comic Vision

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Fortress Press, 2002 - Religion - 315 pages
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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Contents

an anatomy of comedy in the Bible
1
THE GENESIS OF COMEDY THE COMEDY OF GENESIS
15
The Comedy of Creation Genesis 111
19
Domestic Comedy in the Household of Faith Genesis 1250
64
THE DRIVE TO COMIC REGENERATION
127
Liberation and Laughter Exodus and Esther
129
Jonah as Joke
191
The Comedy of Job
221
Paradox and Parody in the Song of Solomon
263
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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