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Esther Through the Centuries

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Publication date12/2007
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherBlackwell Publishing
Number of pages304
ISBN (Print)9781405132138
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameBlackwell Bible Commentaries
PublisherBlackwell Publishing


This book traces Jewish, Christian and secular reception of the only biblical book not to mention God. Prominent in the Jewish tradition because of the festival Purim, Esther has also provoked and inspired Christian and secular artists, musicians and commentators for 2 millenium. Literary texts discussed include Francis Quarles' Hadassa, Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter, Dickens' Bleak House, and George Eliot's Felix Holt and Adam Bede.