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Comedy and Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible: A Subversive Collaboration

Melissa Jackson


Comedy is both relative, linked to a time and culture, and universal, found pervasively across time and culture. The Hebrew Bible contains comedy of this relative, yet universal, nature. This book engages the Hebrew Bible via a comic reading and brings that reading into conversation with feminist‐critical interpretation, in resistance to any lingering stereotype that comedy is fundamentally non‐serious or that feminist critique is fundamentally unsmiling. Dividing comic elements into categories of literary devices, psychological/social features, and psychological/social function, this work exa ... More

Keywords: comedy, comic, feminist interpretation, Hebrew Bible, revelation, subversive, survival

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656776
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Jackson, author
Affiliate Professor of Old Testament, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond