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This interdisciplinary commentary ranges from early midrashic interpretation to contemporary rewritings introducing interpretations of the only biblical book not to mention God. * Unearths a wealth of neglected rewritings inspired by the story's relevance to themes of nationhood, rebellion, providence, revenge, female heroism, Jewish identity, exile, genocide and ‘multiculturalism'* Reveals the various struggles and strategies used by religious commentators to make sense of this only biblical book that does not mention God* Asks why Esther is underestimated by contemporary feminist scholars despite a long history of subversive rewritings* Compares the most influential Jewish and Christian interpretations and interpreters* Includes an introduction to the book's myriad representations in literature, music, and art* Published in the reception-history series, Blackwell Bible Commentaries

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405132138
ISBN-10: 1405132132
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 163mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jo Carruthers

Jo Carruthers is RCUK Academic Fellow at the University of Bristol working across the disciplines of Religious and Literary Studies. She has published on Esther as well as the reception of the Bible in literary and nationalist contexts.

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