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Esther Through the Centuries

Jo Carruthers

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Christentum


This interdisciplinary commentary ranges from early midrashicinterpretation to contemporary rewritings introducinginterpretations of the only biblical book not to mention God. * Unearths a wealth of neglected rewritings inspired by thestory's relevance to themes of nationhood, rebellion,providence, revenge, female heroism, Jewish identity, exile,genocide and 'multiculturalism' * Reveals the various struggles and strategies used by religiouscommentators to make sense of this only biblical book that does notmention God * Asks why Esther is underestimated by contemporary feministscholars despite a long history of subversive rewritings * Compares the most influential Jewish and Christianinterpretations and interpreters * Includes an introduction to the book's myriadrepresentations in literature, music, and art * Published in the reception-history series, Blackwell BibleCommentaries


(International Review of Biblical Studies, 2007-2008)
"The author digs up literary echoes and poetic versions of thebiblical book of Esther.... This important scholarly resourceoriginated as a PhD thesis in the University of Manchester. It isto be hoped the PhD students can be interested in doing similarresearch, producing studies as valuable as the present one."
(Expository Times, November 2008)
"This book can be highly recommended. It provides a fascinatingglimpse of how the Bible has shaped ... The ideals of societythroughout history."
(Church Times, October 2008)
"Carruthers looks at the reception of the text in detail, butalso has an introduction to different ways of viewing the biblicalbook."
Weitere Titel von diesem Autor



Bible as Literature, Religion & Theology, Religion u. Theologie, Bibel, Bibel als literarisches Werk, Bibelstudien, Biblical Studies, Esther (Buch)