This interdisciplinary commentary ranges from early midrashic interpretation to contemporary rewritings introducing interpretations of the only biblical book not to mention God. Unearths a wealth of neglected rewritings inspired by the storys relevance to themes of nationhood, rebellion, providence, revenge, female heroism, Jewish identity, exile, genocide and multiculturalismReveals the various struggles and strategies used by religious commentators to make sense of this only biblical book that does not mention GodAsks why Esther is underestimated by contemporary feminist scholars despite a long history of subversive rewritingsCompares the most influential Jewish and Christian interpretations and interpretersIncludes an introduction to the books myriad representations in literature, music, and artPublished in the reception-history series, Blackwell Bible Commentaries

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