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Title: Finding morality in diaspora? : moral ambiguity and transformed morality in the Books of Esther
Author: Harvey, C. D.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis explores issues of moral character found in the books of Esther. While the Hebrew Esther story has been the focus of much past and present readerly attention in light of such issues, the two primary Greek versions (LXX and Alpha-Text), treated as whole narratives, have not been so privileged. Part I is a single chapter which approximates and anticipates the present study as it suggests the two commonest approaches to perceived moral problems in the story of Esther: avoidance and transformation. It then proceeds to outline the contexts in which the content of the thesis is located: a delimitation and brief description of the Esther texts to be studied (MT, LXX, AT); the verification scheme followed in the study of each version; a explanation of procedure; an explanation of our approach to the Esther texts, which seeks to investigate each narrative in its entirety and in its own context; an explanation of the selection of relevant portions of text in our study; the task of describing moral character; an anticipation of the assessment of moral character in the books of Esther. Part II contains the work of elucidation and evaluation, and begins in chapter two with an exploration of moral character in the MT Esther story. We proceed exegetically through selected portions of the Hebrew narrative as we investigate issues of mortality involving major characters in the story - Vashti, Esther, Mordecai, Haman, the Jews, and the king (אחשוךוש). As in the following two chapters, the relevance and profit of each section surfaces via our exegetical labours. Chapter three continues in the exegetical mode as we approach issues of moral character in the Greek text found in the Septuagint (LXX). Selected narrative portions involving major characters in the LXX Esther story - Astin, Esther, Mardochaios, Aman, the Jews, and the king (Αρταξέρξης) - provide the specific contexts for our moral probing.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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