Esther and the Politics of Negotiation: Public and Private Spaces and the Figure of the Female Royal Counselor

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Was Esther uniquean anomaly in patriarchal society? Conventionally, scholars see ancient Israelite and Jewish women as excluded from the public world, their power concentrated instead in the domestic realm and exercised through familial structures. Rebecca S. Hancock demonstrates, in contrast, that because of the patrimonial character of ancient Jewish society, the state was often organized along familial lines. The presence of women in roles of queen consort or queen is therefore a key political, and not simply domestic, ...

Esther and the Politics of Negotiation: Public and Private Spaces and the Figure of the Female Royal Counselor 2013, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN

ISBN-13: 9781451465624

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