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Esther's Revenge at Susa

From Sennacherib to Ahasuerus

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Esther's Revenge at Susa by Stephanie Dalley
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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 historical events. Ashurbanipal's sack of Susa, led by the deities Ishtar and Marduk, underlies the Hebrew story of Esther, and that story contains traces of the cultic calendar of Ishtar-of-Nineveh. Dalley traces the way in which the long-term settlement of 'lost tribes' in Assyria, revealed by the fruits of excavation in Iraq and Syria, inspired a blend of pagan and Jewish traditions.

Author Biography

Stephanie Dalley is Senior Research Fellow in Assyriology at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.
Release date NZ
November 29th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
54 in-text illustrations, 4 maps
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
280
Dimensions
147x223x17
ISBN-13
9780199216635
Product ID
1824415

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