Character and Ideology in the Book of Esther: Second Edition with a New Postscript on A Decade of Esther Scholarship

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Apr 1, 2010 - Religion - 344 pages
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Widely praised as a seminal contribution to the study of the Old Testament when it first appeared, Michael V. Fox's Character and Ideology in the Book of Esther is now available in a second edition, complete with an up-to-date critical review of recent Esther scholarship. Fox's commentary, based on his own translation of the Hebrew text, captures the meaning and artistry of Esther's inspiring story. After laying out the background information essential for properly reading Esther, Fox offers commentary on the text that clearly unpacks its message and relevance. Fox also looks in depth at each character in the story of Esther, showing how they were carefully shaped by the book's author to teach readers a new view of how to live as Jews in foreign lands.
  

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An excellent analysis of the book of Esther, including the text, textual history, and the characters involved. The book consists of an introduction, commentary on the text, discussion of historicity ... Read full review

Contents

COMMENTARY
13
HISTORICITY AND DATING
131
GENRES
141
VASHT I
164
XERXES
171
HAMAN
178
MORDECAI
185
ESTHER
196
GOD
235
THE WORLD
248
THREE BOOKS OF ESTHER
254
Philalogicaltexlual Notes
274
A Decade of Esther Scholarship
288
Bibliography
304
Index
319
Postbiblical Texts Apocrypha New Testament Rabbinic
329

THE JEWS
212

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About the author (2010)

Michael V. Fox is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Hebrew Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also the author of A Time to Tear Down and a Time to Build Up: A Rereading of Ecclesiastes.

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