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CONTENTS PREFACE ix ABBREVIATIONS

by Adele Berlin
CONTENTSPREFACE ix   ABBREVIATIONS xiii INTRODUCTION TO THE COMMENTARY: THE BOOK OF ESTHER AND ITS LITERARY WORLDWhy Was the Book of Esther Written? xv Esther as Comedy xvi Narrative Artistry: Structure, Style, and Language xxi Greek Storytelling about Persia xxiv The Persian Period: A Brief Overview xxvii Esther as a Diaspora Story xxix Esther’s Links with Other Biblical Books xxx When and Where Was the Book of Esther Written? xxxiv When Was Esther Included in the Canon? xxxv Purim xxxvii The Greek Versions and Josephus xl Rabbinic Interpretation xlii   Esther and Biblical Women xliv THE COMMENTARY TO ESTHERChapter 1: Wine and Women 3 Chapter 2: Sex and Spies 18 Chapter 3: Honor and Enmity 26 Chapter 4: Mourning and Planning 35 Chapter 5: Party Favors 40 Chapter 6: Honor Gained and Honor Lost 44 Chapter 7: Another Party Favor 50 Chapter 8: A Reversal of Fortunes 57 Chapter 9: Riots and Revelry 64 Chapter 10: All’s Well That Ends Well 72 BIBLIOGRAPHY 79          C    h  a  p  t e  r   Home  |      T  O   C   

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CONTENTS PREFACE ix ABBREVIATIONS xiii INTRODUCTION TO THE COMMENTARY: THE BOOK OF ESTHER AND ITS LITERARY WORLD Why Was the Book of Esther Written? xv Esther as Comedy xvi Narrative Artistry: Structure, Style, and Language xxi Greek Storytelling about Persia xxiv The Persian Period: A Brief Overview xxvii Esther as a Diaspora Story xxix Esther’s Links with Other Biblical Books xxx When and Where Was the Book of Esther Written? xxxiv When Was Esther Included in the Canon? xxxv Purim xxxvii The Greek Versions and Josephus xl Rabbinic Interpretation xlii Esther and Biblical Women xliv THE COMMENTARY TO ESTHER Chapter 1: Wine and Women 3 Chapter 2: Sex and Spies 18 Chapter 3: Honor and Enmity 26 Chapter 4: Mourning and Planning 35 Chapter 5: Party Favors 40 Chapter 6: Honor Gained and Honor Lost 44 Chapter 7: Another Party Favor 50 Chapter 8: A Reversal of Fortunes 57 Chapter 9: Riots and Revelry 64 Chapter 10: All’s Well That Ends Well 72 BIBLIOGRAPHY 79 <    <      C   h  a  p  t e  r  >> Home |      T  O   C   
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