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Esther through the Centuries
Carruthers, Jo

Oxford: Blackwell, 2008 pp. xvi + 304. $99.95

Series Information
Blackwell Bible Commentaries


Description: This interdisciplinary commentary ranges from early midrashic interpretation to contemporary rewritings introducing interpretations of the only biblical book not to mention God. It 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; and includes an introduction to the book’s myriad representations in literature, music, and art.

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

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Review by Timothy Laniak
Published 3/12/2010
Citation: Timothy Laniak, review of Jo Carruthers, Esther through the Centuries, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


Review by Linda Day
Published 3/12/2010
Citation: Linda Day, review of Jo Carruthers, Esther through the Centuries, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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