Esther as Comedy

Can a book of the Bible be funny?

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The story, like its accompanying festival, does what comedy and carnival are supposed to do. It confirms the belief that the power at work in the universe favors life and favors the success of the Jews. The Book of Esther affirms that all is right with the world and with the place of the Jews in it.

This article is excerpted from a longer, footnoted item. It is reprinted with permission from The JPS Bible Commentary: Esther published by the Jewish Publication Society.

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Adele Berlin

Adele Berlin is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Maryland.