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Bibil Identifier bibil:223838
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Exile of Kish: Syntax and History in Esther 2.5–6
Author Koller, Aaron J.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 37, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 45-56 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Recent studies have relied on Esther 2.5–6 to establish the story as fiction or as farce, a way of reading the text that was also the case in ancient and medieval interpretations. This article proposes that that reading strategy ignores the syntactic ambiguity in these verses, an ambiguity that allows for an alternate reading in line with both Hebrew grammar and historical plausibility. As a result, it is argued that a reading which was acceptable to the pre-modern interpreters, without access to historical data regarding the Persian Empire, ought to be rejected today in light of current knowledge.
DOI 10.1177/0309089212457514
Pericopes Esther 2,5-2,6
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