Vetus Testamentum 59 (2009) 394-414 brill.nl/vt Vetus Testamentum © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156853309X444981 ‘Dynamic Analogies’ in the Book of Esther Jonathan Grossman Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan Abstract In an important methodological article, Paul Noble argues that the constancy of analogy between two narratives should be regarded as one of the indicators for establishing the proba- bility of the analogy. Noble’s argument makes sense, but we must take into consideration those instances where the changeover of characters in an analogy has a literary purpose. Even if the molding of the analogy generally allows for the structuring of a ﬁxed parallel, in some cases the analogy between narratives encourages the presentation of a certain character from one nar- rative as paralleling more than one character in the other, such that the reader has diﬃculty tracing a continuous and consistent analogy. This phenomenon, assuming that it is intentional, may be called “dynamic analogy”. In this article, several “dynamic analogies” are examined from the book of Esther. It seems that in light of the multiplicity of instances in which this occurs in the book of Esther, it should be regarded as an intentional literary phenomenon which does indeed present an
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: THE BOOK OF ESTHER; ANALOGY; ALLUSION; INTERTEXTUALITY
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