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Esther, Queen of the Jews: The Status and Position of Esther in the Old Testament
Davidovich, Tal

Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013 pp. 164. $29.50

Series Information
Coniectanea Biblica Old Testament Series, 59


Description: This study includes an introduction, an examination of Estherís character in the Book of Esther, in comparison to other royal women in the OT, and in light of the Resh Galuta, and conclusions. The study follows the evolution of Estherís status inside and outside the royal palace and her power in comparison to other similarly placed women. Whether she was a member of the pilagshim or carried the title of Queen (of the Jews?) is a question of secondary importance. Of more importance is that Esther was indeed Resh Galuta, the one woman in Jewish history who is known to have been the Head of the Diaspora, the formal leader of all the Jews in exile.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Esther, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism

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Review by Jill Middlemas
Published 3/1/2016
Citation: Jill Middlemas, review of Tal Davidovich, Esther, Queen of the Jews: The Status and Position of Esther in the Old Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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