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I don't think any "school of Hermeneutics" worth its salt would discount the importance of that characteristic of the book. While I don't believe it changes the interpretation of the book, it certainly underscores one of the central messages of the book: viz., The sovereignty of God is manifest even when it is hidden. Karen Jobes put it extremely well: ...


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It's most likely a "stake" (ʿēṣ) for "impalement" (√tlh); this is how the 1985 JPS Tanakh consistently translates it in each of the 9 occurrences in Esther (2:23; 5:14; 6:4; 7:9; 7:10; 8:7; 9:13; 9:14; 9:25). The actual mode of execution is not specified -- although perhaps exposure is thus implied. My understanding is that death by "hanging" on a "gallows" ...


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It is a gallows. The Book of Esther confirms this at 7:10 where it says: וַיִּתְלוּ אֶת הָמָן עַל הָעֵץ אֲשֶׁר הֵכִין לְמָרְדֳּכָי וַחֲמַת הַמֶּלֶךְ שָׁכָכָה: And they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai, and the king's anger abated. (JPS translation.) The root of the word יִּתְלוּ is לתלות which means "to hang." Also, I'm ...


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Samuel lived around 1100-900 BC. Esther lived around 475 BC (Assuming Xerxes I is the king referred to in that account). I wouldn't trust Wikipedia to offer an analysis proceeding from the assumption that the Bible is true and reliable. I can't speak about modern Jewish tradition, but Deuteronomy 25:17-19 is about the Amalekites attacking Israel after they ...


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You can access and view 43 different translations of this verse in English here. Most of these translations are very similar, and all seem to indicate that "relief and deliverance" will come to the Jews from somewhere. Esther had opportunity to act at that time, but even if she did not act (and subsequently perished), "relief and deliverance" would still ...


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The Book of Esther (see Levenson or Berlin) is part of the venerable genre of the, well, bodice-ripper. It's a romance. It thrives on the implausible. Since just about all of it is preposterous, it's hard to know where to start, but try here. At the outset, Esther enters the contest. Would the contest really accept a young woman of completely unknown ...


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The Idea in Brief Haman appears to have built the wooden scaffolding for two reasons: one, the hanging on wood would represent Mordecai as a cursed man in Jewish Law (Deut 21:22); and secondly, the timing of Mordecai's hanging in addition to the height of the sacaffolding appear to correspond to the "50" days after the Passover, which was the point when ...


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According to Jewish tradition, the Sages of the Great Assembly -- the minor prophets and other leaders, including Ezra and Daniel, who left Babylon to rebuild the Temple 70 years after the destruction of the 1st Temple -- condensed Mordechai's original letter to the Jewish people into the book we now know as the Book of Esther. See Babyl. Talmud Bava Basra ...


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From Esther 8:1 On that day … Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her. it would seem that the family connection was not known until then. But that they knew each other could not have been a secret. Mordechai regularly walked past the harem to enquire of Esther’s well-being (2:11). When Mordechai discovered the plot ...



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