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Esther's Revenge at Susa: From Sennacherib to Ahasuerus

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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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