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Speaking from the Gaps: The Eloquent Silence of God in Esther

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Of all the books of the Hebrew Bible, the book of Esther presents the most consistently silent God. God's silence in the book seems to fall into Korpel and De Moor's category of 'incomprehensible divine silence'. Silent though God may be in the book of Esther, it does not necessarily imply a complete absence of the divine person or of faith. In the book, the author's use of intertextual allusions extends both to details within the book itself and to texts from other books of the Hebrew Bible. The wealth of intertextual links between the book on the one hand and texts that explicitly speak of God as both acting and speaking on the other is vast. In accordance with the emphasis on human freedom, it leaves more room for God's sovereign choice to speak or not to speak than other books of the Hebrew Bible do.

Keywords: book of Esther; De Moore; eloquent silence; God; Hebrew Bible; Korpel

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