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The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. Biblical comedy unveils "a comic vision that oscillates between attack and affirmation, corrective and celebration, ridicule and revel.
Book Review: The Bible and the Comic Vision, Comedy, Tragedy, and Religion
But "the Bible characteristically does not st This insightful work examines the variety of ways comedy is employed in the Old Testament. 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: Published July 1st by Augsburg Fortress Publishing. The Bible and the Comic Vision: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 06, KA rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of my very favorite scholarly books - priceless. In this book I intend to develop a more adequate anatomy of biblical comedy, an anatomy that is grounded in contemporary literary criticism.
As an epigraph for my presentation I cite Baudelaire's provocative assertion, "Holy books never laugh I wish further to argue that what gives this comic vision its passion and vital depth is precisely its recognition of the place and power of tragedy, of that vision of the dark, jagged side of human existence which unveils the stark presence of unredeemed death, of unjustified disaster, of unmitigated despair. But tragedy is generally episodic in the overarching movement of the Bible, though no less terrifying in its effects.
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The comic vision, I submit, can embrace the tragic dimension without eliminating or negating it — let alone explaining or totally healing its destructive effects. Yet comedy cannot be felt in its full force apart from tragedy, nor can comedy be delineated and fully appreciated without tragedy. So it is in general, and so it is, I contend, in the concrete forms of the biblical heritage. Excerpt from a Review of The Bible and the Comic Vision "Oft-read texts gain dimension and depth when read in new contexts. Whedbee offers just such an experience in his readings of segments from the Hebrew Bible in light of the comic vision He demonstrates that aspects of the comic, taken in the expansive and encompassing definition he gives it, shape a variety of texts in the Hebrew Bible.
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