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Character and Ideology in the Book of Esther…

Character and Ideology in the Book of Esther

by Michael V. Fox

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An excellent analysis of the book of Esther, including the text, textual history, and the characters involved.

The book consists of an introduction, commentary on the text, discussion of historicity, genre, and style, character analysis, analysis of the textual history and different versions of the text, more technical philological notes, and, in the second edition, an update on Esther scholarship in the past decade.

Fox does not believe that the events happened but upholds the author's desire for the book to be read as if it is history. Fox provides a good counterweight to the often anti-semitic and hostile views taken against the book-- he shows how the author attempts to show how the Jews (and, really, any minority people) can try to live, function, and perhaps even their way a few times, within a gentile empire. The analyses of the characters are probing and excellent, and Fox does well at redeeming the book from the harsh criticism of the feminists.

An invaluable resource to help in understanding the book of Esther. ( )
  deusvitae | Sep 21, 2009 |
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Widely praised as a seminal contribution to the study of the Old Testament when it was first published, Michael Fox's Character and Ideology in the Book of Esther is now available in a second edition, complete with an up-to-date critical review of recent

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