Irony in the Bible

Between Subversion and Innovation


It is generally agreed that there is significant irony in the Bible. However, to date no work has been published in biblical scholarship that on the one hand includes interpretations of both Hebrew Bible and New Testament writings under the perspective of irony, and on the other hand offers a panorama of the approaches to the different types and functions of irony in biblical texts.

The following volume: (1) reevaluates scholarly definitions of irony and the use of the term in biblical research; (2) builds on existing methods of interpretation of ironic texts; (3) offers judicious analyses of methodological approaches to irony in the Bible; and (4) develops fresh insights into biblical passages.

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Tobias Häner, Dr. theol. (2013), is assistant professor of Old Testament at the Cologne University of Catholic Theology (KHKT). Among his main research areas are the Book of Job and the Book of Ezekiel (Bleibendes Nachwirken des Exils. Untersuchung zur kanonischen Endgestalt des Ezechielbuches, Herder 2014).

Virginia Miller, Ph.D. (2016) is a research fellow at the Centre for Religion, Ethics and Society, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, and a STD candidate at the Gregorian University, Rome. She is the author of A King and a Fool? The Succession Narrative as a Satire (2019).

Carolyn J. Sharp, Ph.D. (2000), Yale University, is Professor of Homiletics at Yale Divinity School. She has authored seven books, including Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible (2009), a commentary on Joshua (2019), and a commentary on Jeremiah 26–52 (2022).
List of Contributors

Introduction: Reading Irony in Ancient Texts
Tobias Häner and Virginia Miller

Part 1: Irony in the Pentateuch

1 Respectful Parody of Exodus Traditions in Genesis 15–16
Mark G. Brett

2 Widerstand, Sympathie und Entlarvung: Ironie im Exodusbuch
Carolin Neuber

3 Is Leviticus Ironic? Exploring Narratival and Priestly Ironies in the Center of the Torah
Mark A. Awabdy

4 Die Ironie des Deuteronomiums
Benjamin Kilchör

Part 2: Irony in the Writings

5 Gottes Fragen: Ironie in der ersten Gottesrede des Ijobbuchs (Ijob 38,1–39,30)
Tobias Häner

6 Ironic Criticism in the Prose Framework of Job
Raik Heckl

7 Not Parody, but Irony: Irony in the Book of Job
JiSeong J. Kwon

8 Irony in the Elihu Speeches?
Stephan Lauber

9 A Typological Interpretation of Job That Is Dependent on Irony
Virginia Miller

10 Mockery and Irony in the Psalms
Beat Weber

11 Ironic Contestations as a Care Strategy in Lamentations
Gregory Lee Cuéllar

12 Die Theologie des Buches Kohelet im Zeichen von Ironie und Ambiguität. Eine Skizze
Ludger Schwienhorst-Schönberger

13 Hosting Its Own Otherness: Irony in the Book of Esther
Timothy Beal

Part 3: Irony in the Literature of the Prophets

14 An Ironic Overture in the Book of Jeremiah
Keith Bodner

15 Irony in Ezekiel’s Book
Stephen L. Cook

16 Entertaining Contradictions: Continuing the Conversation on Irony in the Book of Jonah
L. Juliana Claassens

Part 4: Irony in the Deuterocanonical Books

17 “Foiled by the Hand of a Woman”: Irony in the Book of Judith
Stephen D. Cook

18 Ironie und Ambiguität im Buch der Weisheit
Luca Mazzinghi

Part 5: Irony in the New Testament

19 The Source of Irony in the Fourth Gospel
John Painter

20 Disambiguating Forms of Irony in Second Corinthians 10–13
Matthew Pawlak

Index of Subjects
This edited volume will be of interest to biblical scholars, theologians, pastoral workers, and students of biblical studies and theology, including undergraduates, Master’s-level students, and doctoral students.
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