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Bibil Identifier bibil:203785
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Esther and the Politics of Diaspora
Author Stern, Elsie R.
Journal Jewish Quarterly Review (Volume: 100, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 25-53 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract While the biblical book of Esther is often identified as a diaspora text that addresses the experience and concerns of diaspora Jews in the late Persian or early Hellenistic periods, its diasporic identity has been assumed rather than proven. This article makes a case for reading Esther as an anti-diaspora text written in Judea for a Judean audience. According to the Hebrew version of Esther, Jewish life in the Persian heartland is portrayed as the parodic opposite of the fantasy of life in the land of Israel that is articulated in other Judean literature that became part of the biblical canon. This reading accounts both for the differences between the Hebrew and Greek versions of Esther and for the theological and ideological anomalies that necessarily arise in the more common, pro-diasporic, readings of the text.
DOI 10.1353/jqr.0.0073
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Esther
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Diaspora
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