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Bibil Identifier bibil:224525
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Vanishing Character in Biblical Narrative: The Role of Hathach in Esther 4
Author Grossman, Jonathan
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 62, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 561-571 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Literary analysis tends to focus on major characters or minor characters as long as their active role in the narrative serves to further the plot. The contribution of minor characters is often viewed as limited to their active role in the narrative. However, sometimes the passive role of a minor character, and even the disappearance of a character from the plot, can serve a valuable literary purpose. This article outlines the nature of the Vanishing Minor Character, whose literary purpose is to disappear at a crucial moment, making room for the remaining characters. The article demonstrates this model using the character of Hathach-the Persian eunuch-who serves as an intermediary between Esther and Mordecai in Esther 4.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341084
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Narratology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Esther
Pericopes Esther 4
Exodus 18
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