The JPS Bible Commentary: Esther Hardcover – 31 Mar 2001
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"This informative commentary ... dissects the Book of Esther and, by extension, the Jewish holiday of Purim. Berlin begins with a lengthy introduction, discussing Esther as comedy and as diaspora literature; the introduction does a fine job of explaining the Persian period and its various art forms."
"Berlin's literary approach to the book of Esther is a very well done, and filled with important information."--David J./i>--David J. Zucker "Women in Judaism "
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Adele Berlin, a scholar of biblical and ancient Near Eastern literature, has developed the Biblical Studies program at the University of Maryland, USA and has designed and taught courses on biblical narrative and poetry, ancient Near Eastern culture and literature, and methods of biblical interpretation.
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Berlin emphasizes the similarity between Esther and Greek writings about Persia, and suggests that the author was either familiar with the Persian Empire, or was familiar with Greek writings about it. For example, common motifs in writing about Persia include the widespread use of large banquets, luxury generally, kings' consultation with legal experts, strong royal women, and Persia's excellent postal system. She also uses Greek writing to clarify details about the story: for example, Herodotus wrote that the Persian king had a yearly dinner at which he distributed gifts, which seems similar to the banquets in Esther. She also uses Babylonian history, noting that Mordecai (Marduka in Babylonian) was a common Babylonian name.
In addition, Berlin discusses parallels between the book of Esther and the Hebrew Bible. For example, she compares the story of Purim to the story of Saul and Amalek: while Saul (ancestor of Mordecai) took spoils inappropriately, the Jews who defended themselves in the book of Esther refused to take spoils from their enemies (who were led by Haman, an ancestor of Saul's Amalekite enemies)- perhaps wiping out Saul's sin in a way. Berlin also discusses differences between the dominant version of Esther and the Greek Jewish version, which makes Esther seem more pious and discusses her emotions to a greater extent, but does not suggest that Haman had Amalekite ancestry.
Not to be neglected is the clear format of the material.
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