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And God Laughed: Humor in the Bible – Joel Kaminsky

May 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Royce 306, 10745 Dickson Court
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Since the Hebrew Bible is a sacred text for Jews and Christians many readers naturally assume it cannot contain any humor. This talk will explore several biblical narratives that employ humor to make serious theological points. Becoming aware of such biblical humor can enrich our understanding of these stories and of certain theological ideas the ancient biblical writers wished to emphasize.

Joel Kaminsky is the Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a professor of Bible in the Religion Department at Smith College where he has taught since 1997. His research explores the intersection between narrative and theological currents in the Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic literature and seeks to illuminate the distinct ways that Jews and Christians over the past two millennia have interpreted the Hebrew Bible.

Thursday, May 9, 2024 • 306 Royce Hall • 2 PM

And God Laughed: Humor in the Bible
The Bible and the Ancient World Seminar Series

Joel Kaminsky (Smith College)
Moderator: Carol Bakhos (UCLA)

Cosponsored by the
UCLA Center for the Study of Religion
UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
Kershaw Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies


May 9
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
(310) 825-5387
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Royce 306
10745 Dickson Court
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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