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Humor
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The quality of being comic or amusing. The idea that the Bible can contain humor is not a universal one. Many would agree with Baudelaire’s assertion that “holy books never laugh.” Although the Bible has a serious message, at times that message is conveyed using tools of humor such as irony, satire, and wordplay. In the Old Testament, there is laughter (צָחַק‎, tsachaq; Gen 17:17; 21:6) and joking (Gen 19:14), and there are humorous situations throughout the Bible.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Humor
Humor The quality of being comic or amusing. The idea that the Bible can contain humor is not a universal one. Many would agree with Baudelaire’s assertion that “holy books never laugh.” Although the Bible has a serious message, at times that message is conveyed using tools of humor such as irony, satire,
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Humor and Wit
HUMOR AND WIT. Because humor requires a somewhat “playful” disposition and a willingness (at least temporarily) to suspend all seriousness, many people—especially those with strong and well-defined religious beliefs—may be reluctant to admit that portions of Scripture may be funny or may have been written
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Humor
HumorThe Bible is predominantly a serious rather than a funny book. Yet it would distort the Bible to suppress the humor that is present. Arranged on a continuum that ranges from the least intellectual (slapstick comedy) to the most intellectual (irony and wordplay), we can say that the humor of the
Comedy as Plot Motif
Comedy as Plot MotifComedy means two distinct things in literary criticism. One category is the humorous or laughable (see Humor). But comedy also denotes a type of story pattern. In fact it is one of four phases of the monomyth (see Plot Motifs). A full-fledged comic plot is a U-shaped story that descends
Compton’s Encyclopedia
humor
humorThe silent-film comedian Charlie Chaplin, a master of visual humor, poses in character as …The Roman writer Seneca once commented: “All things are cause either for laughter or weeping.” The 18th-century French dramatist Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchais echoed Seneca’s words by stating: “I hasten
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Humour
HUMOUR.—Humour in its highest form is the sign of a mind at peace in itself, for which the contrasts and contradictions of life have ceased to jar, though they have not ceased to be; which accepts them as necessary and not without meaning and value, indeed as giving an added charm to life, because it
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Humor
humor. Humor may be defined as constituting a facetious turn of mind that issues in jocularity. It involves a perception of the incongruous or comic elements of life, and an ability not merely to appreciate them but to communicate them so that others may perceive the amusing factors also. It is generally
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HUMOR
HUMOR. The term humor refers to both the expression and the perception of the comic dimension of life. Until recently, pious attitudes toward Holy Scripture, its subject matter, its character portrayals, and its purposes have precluded readers from perceiving any humor that may be expressed in the Bible.
COMEDY
COMEDY. A comedy is not simply a light and amusing sequence of events; it is a play in which the main characters triumph over adversity. It can be comic in that it shows characters in their weakness or inferiority (whether moral or social). But, unlike in tragedy, the comic and “laughable is an error