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The Bible and the Comic Vision [Paperback]

By J. William Whedbee (Author)
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Pages   326
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.64" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   1.03 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 2002
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800634861  
EAN  9780800634865  


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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 celebration of the wonder and hopefulness of creation. In sum, subversion an 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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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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Productive New Perspective  Apr 30, 2000
The benefit of Whedbee's book is that it offers a fresh, new perspective to the Old Testament. If you are conservative in your understanding of the Bible, you often miss some important information in your seriousness in dealing with the Scriptures. If you are more modern in your reading of the text, you might easily pass over much of the data as outdated remnants of a bygone culture. The comic reading of the Old Testament offers a correction to either extremes.

While I cannot say that I agree with all his conclusions, I have found this a valuable read as I teach the text of Genesis -- and it has opened new doors to other places in the Scriptures.

 

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