He who laughs last – Jesus and laughter in the Synoptic and Gnostic traditions

@inproceedings{Nel2014HeWL,
  title={He who laughs last – Jesus and laughter in the Synoptic and Gnostic traditions},
  author={Marius Nel},
  year={2014}
}
The aim of the article is to examine the meaning of references to laughter in the Synoptic Gospels and a number of Gnostic texts. Whereas Jesus is depicted as an object of ridicule (Mk 5:40 par.) and as condemning those who laugh in the Synoptic Gospels (Lk 6:25), it is he who often laughs derisively at the ignorance of others in Gnostic texts. The meaning of laughter in the Synoptic Gospels and a number of Gnostic texts is examined in the light of the general Greco-Roman attitude towards… CONTINUE READING

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