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The Greek Esthers And The Search For History

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There are three main ways they contribute to an understanding of history in the ancient world: the events of history are divine in origin and continuation, the biblical story provides the basis for the understanding the story of the Jewish people, and its message resonates in contemporary circumstances. There are three ways the scribes involved with the Esther story diverge from the account in the MT with regards to the inclusion of historical categories: (1) the deity engages in history, even determines it, (2) the story of Esther, Mordecai, and their Diaspora community is part of scriptural history, and (3) history is unfolding in the present time. These three facets of the construction of the story show that the scribes were interested in historical questions in quite a different way than modern interpreters.

Keywords: biblical story; Diaspora community; Esther; Jewish people; Mordecai

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