The little story, in Joshua 2, of Rahab and the clueless pair of young Israelite would be spies, provided Spenser (( F. Scott Spencer “Those Riotous – Yet Righteous – Foremothers of Jesus: Exploring Matthew’s Comic Genealogy.” In Are we amused?: humour about women in the biblical worlds, edited by Athalya Brenner, 7-30. Continuum, 2003 )) (see Signs of humour: especially in written texts acr oss cultures) with a nice example of several of his criteria all together in one text, making it evidently humorous.
What do you think? Do the criteria work? Or is this vignette deadly serious?
[…] plenty to guffaw at in the Torah, and has no doubt located some side-splitting episodes in the Former Prophets. But as soon as he hit Ezra, he found that laughs were few and far between. In fact, he’s […]