- Hardcover: 278 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 24, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1107048354
- ISBN-13: 978-1107048355
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,971,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought
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"[Koller's] suggestions are intriguing and insightful, and his detailed research is impressive. I highly recommend this book for seriously interested students and scholars ... If you are doing any kind of serious work on Esther, you must reckon with this fantastic book."
John Anthony Dunne, graduate student, University of St Andrews
"... [contains] convincing insights, based on thorough analysis ... recommended, not only for lovers of the Book of Esther, but also for those who are generally interested in the development of Jewish identity from the Persian period."
Anne-Mareike Wetter, translation from the Nederlands Theologisch Tijdschrift
"... this book is without peer in what it sets out to do, and it should succeed admirably in introducing a wide readership to a field where it is often difficult to find reliable and up-to-date information in a digestible format."
H. G. M. Williamson, Journal of Jewish Studies
"I thoroughly enjoyed this well-researched and stimulating book and I can recommend it highly to anyone interested in the Esther scroll and in the development of early Judaism."
Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, Vetus Testamentum
A broad but detailed survey of major trends in Second Temple Jewish thought provides the basis for a new understanding of the purpose and meaning of the book of Esther. Focusing on intertextual relationships, Koller examines how early reactions to Esther were overwhelmingly negative and why opinions changed.