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9. 20-22). 23). 29 'Esther the Queen' is writing 'with full authority this second letter about Purim in order to make its observance obligatory', because her power needs to be safeguarded literarily. The struggle is not yet over, however, for subsequently, it seems, some scribe, breaking grammatical concord,1 finds it necessary to add 'and Mordecai' because he (it must be a he) does not care for the flavour of the politics. 2 The ultimate victory in the sexual politics of the Book of Esther comes not in the Hebrew book, however, but in the Greek version with its expansions.

3). The writing itself, and not just its content, is the threat. Between chs. 4 and 7 there is (of course) no writing, because nothing there is settled or finalized. 9) and the imperial pleasure be set down in the diverse scripts of the empire. The very act of writing—quite apart from the fact that it is CLINES Reading Esther from Left to Right 49 irreversible Persian law that is being written—makes matters certain and makes royal decrees everywhere effectual. 17). Now there are two moments of disequilibrium or deconstruction over this matter of writing.

Clines, 'The Additions to Esther', Harper's Bible Commentary (ed. James L. Mays; San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1988), pp. 815-19. 2). 4). Infiltration of the Persian court by a Jewish woman is not for the sake of sabotaging the power base of an alien authority but in order to swing Persian power behind a Jewish cause at a time of need. 9-14). 5)— that 'as they pleased' being elsewhere the sign of godless licence (as in Dan. 4). They seek no change in the structure of society; it is accepted as given, as itself one of the 'laws of the Persians and the Medes'.

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