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Esther's Revenge at Susa: From Sennacherib to Ahasuerus
Why are the names of the chief characters in the biblical Book of Esther those of Mesopotamian deities? Stephanie Dalley argues that the narrative reflects real happenings in seventh-century Assyria, where the widespread belief that revenge belongs to the gods explains why Assyrian kings described punitive campaigns as divine acts, leading to the mythologizing of certain h ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published November 29th 2007)
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