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Are We Amused? : Humour about Women in the Biblical Worlds - Athalya Brenner

Are We Amused?

Humour about Women in the Biblical Worlds


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Biblical humour remains elusive for many readers. And biblical humour about women and gender remains more problematic still, for 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 largely done in this volume's essays with respect to both the texts read and their actual or implied author, may be fun as well as significant for understanding the biblical worlds. As most of the essays show, writing about women is writing about men as well. In other words, it is writing about gender roles. 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. 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.

Series Editor's Preface
Introductionp. 1
Those Riotous - Yet Righteous - Foremothers of Jesus: Exploring Matthew's Comic Genealogyp. 7
'More Righteous than I': The Comeuppance of the Trickster in Genesis 38p. 31
Humor, Turnabouts and Survival in the Book of Estherp. 52
Is that Fearfully Funny? Some Instances from the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Booksp. 65
At the Expense of Women: Humor(?) in Acts 16.14-40p. 79
Are We Amused? Small and Big Differences in Josephus' Re-Presentations of Biblical Female Figures in the Jewish Antiquities 1-8p. 90
Ooooh, Onan! Geschlechtsgeschicte and Women in the Biblical Worldp. 107
Women's Humor and Other Creative Juicesp. 120
Laughing with/at/as Women: How Should We Read Biblical Humor?p. 127
Babble/Bible Light: On Some Biblical Womenp. 137
General Bibliographyp. 143
Index of Referencesp. 152
Index of Authorsp. 156
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ISBN: 9780826470836
ISBN-10: 0826470831
Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement : Book 1
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 1st November 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1