Humour in the Bible: book 17: Esther

Humour in the Bible: book 17: Esther

“The Banishment of Vashti” by Paolo Veronese, via Wikimedia Commons

I have argued before that Esther is full of sexual and/or gendered humour, but that was before I took the topic of humour in the Bible (documents from very different cultural contexts from ours) seriously. Now however I have nine criteria to measure whether it is likely that authors intended the humour we find. These are all present in Esther chapter 1:

  1. incongruity
  2. lighthearted mood
  3. surprise
  4. ingenuity (cleverness is often a mark of humour think of puns)
  5. hyperbole
  6. inferiority
  7. disguise or something or someone pretending to be something else
  8. “inelasticity” (following Bergson)
  9. human pretension revealed in all its lack of glory!

So, enjoy 🙂