Humor in the Torah
Friedman, H. H. & Friedman, L. W. (2015, February 6). Humor in the Torah. Qol Ha'Qa'hal, 15(3), 20-22.
6 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2015
Date Written: February 6, 2015
Humor can be a potent weapon in the battle against evil. Consider, for example, that satirizing racists, sexists, bullies, and other wicked people can sometimes be more effective than taking legal action. Today’s television writers, screenwriters, and comics often use humor as a tool to make the world a better place. So it should come as no surprise that the Tanakh (Torah, Nevi’im and Ketubim), our oldest literary document, does the same. Numerous examples of Humor in Tanakh are provided.
Keywords: Biblical humor, Torah, Humor, Balaam, Jonah.
JEL Classification: B30, B31, I2, Z00, Z10
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