God Laughed: Sources of Jewish Humor (Jewish Studies)

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Humor has had a profound effect on the way the Jewish people see the world, and has sustained them through millennia of hardships and suffering. God Laughed reviews, organizes, and categorizes the humor of the ancient Jewish texts—the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, and Midrash—in a clear, readable, and accessible manner.

These works have influenced the Jewish people in many ways, and all are replete with humor and wit. Inevitably, this oeuvre of Jewish humor has itself influenced generations of comics, as well as genres of humor. The authors use examples of Biblical humor from several broad categories, including irony, sarcasm, wordplay, humorous names, humorous imagery, and humorous situations.

Because their primary purpose is not to entertain, but to teach humanity how to live the ideal life, much of the humor in the Talmud and the Midrash has a single purpose: to demonstrate that evil is wrong and even, at times, ludicrous. This may help explain why approximately 1,500 years after its closing, the Talmud is still such a fascinating work. God Laughed is the latest addition to Transaction’s Jewish Studies series.

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Hershey H. Friedman is professor of business and director of business programs at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. 
Linda Weiser Friedman is professor of statistics and computer information systems at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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"...Peppered with humorous anecdotes and stories, this rich and thought-provoking book is an education in Jewish spirituality as well as a study in the meaning of the comic essence itself and deserves a wide audience." -Library Journal

"There is a laugh on every page... Jewish history buffs and biblical scholars will greatly benefit from this volume along with those who simply enjoy a fun read." - Rev. Austin Miles, Christian Coalition of America, August 26, 2014

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