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Ego, Beate

Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017 pp. viii + 463. $138.00

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Biblischer Kommentar Altes Testament, 21

Description: English summary: Beate Ego's new commentary on the book of Esther contains detailed discusssions of the books textual history, language, structure, literary genre, date of composition, and theology. The story of Esther has reworked a number of older biblical as well as Persian and Greek concepts. In doing so, it grapples with Persian and Greek notions of authority and probes Israels existence among the nations: Israel, which has a unique place in the midst of the surrounding nations on account of its adherence to its law and finds itself threatened, can be assured of the protection of its God even in the Diaspora. German description: Beate Ego's Neukommentierung des Esterbuches enthalt detaillierte Ausfuhrungen zur Textgeschichte, seiner Sprache, zu Aufbau und Gattung sowie zur Datierung und Theologie. Die Estererzahlung hat viele altere biblische aber auch persische und griechische Vorstellungen verarbeitet. Auf diese Art und Weise setzt sie sich mit persischen und griechischen Herrschaftsvorstellungen auseinander und lotet Israels Existenz unter den Volkern aus: Israel, das durch die Einhaltung seines Gesetzes eine Sonderstellung inmitten der Volker hat und bedroht ist, darf sich auch in der Diaspora dem Schutz seines Gottes gewiss sein.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Esther, Literature

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Review by Jill Middlemas
Published 11/29/2018
Citation: Jill Middlemas, review of Beate Ego, Ester, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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