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Title: Reading Esther in the Levantine Literary Tradition
Author(s): SCRENOCK, John
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 100    Issue: 3   Date: 2019   
Pages: 321-338
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.100.3.3286870

Abstract :
Esther shares a number of features with the Baal cycle, 1 Samuel 25, 2 Samuel 14, and 1 Kings 1-2. The similarities between these texts are not necessarily the result of direct literary influence or intentional allusion. I argue that these similarities instead stem from a common Levantine literary tradition. All five texts make use of a literary element I term the female intermediary plot-type. Moreover, the Baal cycle, 1 Kings 1-2, and Esther also make use of a particular struggle for power plot-type.

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