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Using the same format as the much-admired JPS Torah Commentary, Berlin evaluates the language, plot, historical framework, and importance of Esther to later tradition, seeing it as a comedy used in the festival of Purim. Explains the role of the megillah in the holiday and how women are viewed in the Bible. 212 pages, hardcover.
Recipient of the Prize of the Minister of Science, Culture, and Sport of the State of Israel] for classical literature for the year 5762 2001].
The commentary, which accompanies the Hebrew biblical text and the JPS translation, approaches the Book of Esther from a fresh literary point-of-view. It includes essays entitled "When and Where Was the Book of Esther Written?," "Sex and Spies," and "Rabbinic Interpretation."
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