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Are We Amused? (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)

Athalya Brenner

Are We Amused? (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)

Athalya Brenner

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Biblical humour remains elusive for many readers. And biblical humour about women and gender remains more problematic still, since its recognition may imply the realization that it's a cruel and disrespectful humour, ridicule rather than good-natured fun. But viewing humour as social critique, as is largely done in this volume's essays, can be both fun and significant for developing an understanding the biblical worlds. As most of the essays show, writing about women is writing about men as well. The critique of women, womanhood and femaleness implied by biblical and related texts serves, in equal measure, as critique of men, manhood and maleness -- as they appear in the texts, as the texts' authors, and as the texts' commentators and readers. The contributors to this revealing and entertaining collection are Scott Spencer, Mary Shields, Kathleen O'Connor, Toni Craven, Kathy Williams, Athalya Brenner, Gale Yee, Amy-Jill Levine and Esther Fuchs. This is volume 2 in the Bible in the 21st Century series and is volume 383 in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series.

- Publisher Biblical humor about women and gender remains elusive for many readers, for its recognition may imply the realization that it's a cruel and disrespectful humor, ridicule rather than good-natured fun. But viewing humor as social critique, with respect to both the texts read and their actual or implied author, may be fun as well as significant for understanding the biblical words. As most of the essays show, writing about women is writing about men as well. The critique of women, womanhood and femaleness implied by biblical and related texts serves, in equal measure, as a critique of men, manhood and maleness in the texts, of the texts' authors, and of the texts' commentators and readers.

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Biblical humour remains elusive for many readers. And biblical humour about women and gender remains more problematic still, since its recognition may imply the realization that it's a cruel and disrespectful humour, ridicule rather than good-natured fun. But viewing humour as social critique, as is largely done in this volume's essays, can be both fun and significant for developing an understanding the biblical worlds. As most of the essays show, writing about women is writing about men as well. The critique of women, womanhood and femaleness implied by biblical and related texts serves, in equal measure, as critique of men, manhood and maleness -- as they appear in the texts, as the texts' authors, and as the texts' commentators and readers. The contributors to this revealing and entertaining collection are Scott Spencer, Mary Shields, Kathleen O'Connor, Toni Craven, Kathy Williams, Athalya Brenner, Gale Yee, Amy-Jill Levine and Esther Fuchs. This is volume 2 in the Bible in the 21st Century series and is volume 383 in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series.
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Biblical humor about women and gender remains elusive for many readers, for its recognition may imply the realization that it's a cruel and disrespectful humor, ridicule rather than good-natured fun. But viewing humor as social critique, with respect to both the texts read and their actual or implied author, may be fun as well as significant for understanding the biblical words. As most of the essays show, writing about women is writing about men as well. The critique of women, womanhood and femaleness implied by biblical and related texts serves, in equal measure, as a critique of men, manhood and maleness in the texts, of the texts' authors, and of the texts' commentators and readers.
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Meet the Author

Athalya Brenner

Athalya Brenner is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Roslyn and Manny Rosenthal Distinguished Professor-in-Residence at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas. She is general editor of the Feminist Companion to the Bible

Table Of Contents

  • Athalya Brenner, Introduction; I Essays; Scott Spencer, Those Riotous (yet Righteous) Women In Jesus' Past: Exploring Matthew's Comic Genealogy; Mary E. Shields, 'more Righteous Than I': The Comeuppance Of The Trickster In Genesis 38; Kathleen M. O'connor, Humor, Turnabouts, And Survival In The Book Of Esther; Toni Craven, Is That Fearfully Funny? Some Instances From The Apocryphal/deuterocanonical Books; Kathy Williams, At The Expense Of Women: Humor(?) In Acts 16: 14-40; Athalya Brenner, Are We Amused? Some Female Figurations In Josephus Flavius; Gale A. Yee, Ooooh, Onan! Geschlechtsgeschicte And Women In The Biblical World. Ii Responses; A.-j. Levine, Esther Fuchs, Laughing With/at/as Women: How Should We Read Biblical Humor? Appendix: Babble/bible Light: On Some Biblical Women
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