Conclusions: Comedy and the Hebrew Bible

Melissa A. Jackson

in Comedy and Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656776
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742170 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Conclusions: Comedy and the Hebrew Bible

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Myriad links draw connections among the texts studied here. This intertextuality knits these individual pieces into a larger work, and comedy is one of the pervasive threads woven throughout this work. One prominent link is the recurrence of the ‘foreigner’, reflective of the Israelite quest to remain a distinctive people, over against ‘the other’ nations. However, identification of the other is not uncomplicated in the Hebrew Bible, as foreign ‘friendlies’ emerge and as ridiculing the other is bound up with self‐ridicule as well. Another recurrent thread in these texts and in comedy is violence. Ironically, comedy can simultaneously condone and condemn violence, enacting it in the story world to demonstrate its futility in the ‘real’ world. A final conclusion is to observe the meeting place of comic incongruity and religious conviction. At this meeting point emerges an inverted reality where the immediate and less‐than‐ideal reality gives way to the promised and hoped‐for salvation.

Keywords: comedy; comic; foreigner; incongruity; intertextuality; salvation; the other; violence

Chapter.  4826 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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