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Bibil Identifier bibil:210006
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Mordechai’s Dream
Title (English, ) From Addition to Derashah
Title (Modern Hebrew, Long) חלום מרדכי: מהוספה למדרש
Author Atzmon, Arnon
Journal Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal (Volume: 6)
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Language Modern Hebrew
Pages 127-140 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Examining the history of the story of Mordechai’s dream (MD) and its journey from one literary context to another over the ages may help illustrate the different approaches used by authors in different eras to adapt the text to their own particular literary frameworks.
In the Greek additions to the Esther scroll, MD serves as a kind of introduction. The dream, together with its interpretation, frames the plot, providing it with a new context. This would mean that the Second Temple-period scribes tampered with the biblical text, altering the very nature of its story.
The Hebrew reworking of MD recorded in Josippon is apparently based upon the Vulgate, where MD, located with other additions at the end of the scroll, lost its original context. Josippon’s composer reworked MD and inserted it into the plot sequence as a crucial link. Here the biblical text is illuminated via a medieval extra-biblical composition, in the form of rewritten Bible.
Midrash Esther Rabbah draws upon the MD version found in Josippon, and uses MD to gloss the verses illuminating their exegetical-midrashic aspects.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Esther : Greek Esther
Links Online document (PDF, Modern Hebrew)
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