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Bibil Identifier bibil:219560
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Reversal of Fortune Theme in Esther: Israelite Historiography in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context
Author Winitzer, Abraham
Journal Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (Volume: 11, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 170-218 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper examines the idea of reversal in Esther, arguably the most basic thematic constituent of that work, in an attempt to understand its background and meaning. It posits for it a historical context based on a reaction to contemporary ancient Near Eastern intellectual currents. Specifically this centers on Babylonian divination, astrology in particular, whose recognition as a serious branch of scientific reasoning in the ancient world was undeniable—or so it seems. The Book of Esther, which, as this paper demonstrates, manifests an unmistakable familiarity with this divinatory lore, itself partakes in the broader conversation. But, in accordance with its overring theme, it comes down on the matter with a reverse verdict.
DOI 10.1163/156921211X603940
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Esther
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Persia : Literature : Correspondence - Archives : Historiographical Texts
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Astrology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Calendar
Terms עָבַר עבר
שׁוּב שׁוב
נָפַל נפל
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