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Author Hancock, Rebecca S., author

Title Esther and the politics of negotiation : public and private spaces and the figure of the female royal counselor / Rebecca S. Hancock
Published Minneapolis : Fortress Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Emerging scholars
Emerging scholars.
Contents Introduction -- Introduction to the problem: Esther in scholarship -- Theoretical problems with the language of public and private -- Narrative representatives of space, gender, and women's roles in Esther -- Esther and representations of Persian royal women -- Esther the politician: traditions of counseling women -- Conclusion
Summary Was Esther unique-an anomaly in patriarchal society? Conventionally, scholars see ancient Israelite and Jewish women as excluded from the public world, their power concentrated instead in the domestic realm and exercised through familial structures. Rebecca S. Hancock demonstrates, in contrast, that because of the patrimonial character of ancient Jewish society, the state was often organized along familial lines. The presence of women in roles of queen consort or queen is therefore a key political, and not simply domestic, feature. Attention to the narrative of Esther and comparison with Helle
Notes Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Harvard University
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Esther, Queen of Persia.
Bible. Esther -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Women in the Bible.
Women -- Iran -- History.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1451469861 (electronic bk.)
9781451469868 (electronic bk.)