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    DescriptionWhy are the names of the chief characters in the biblical Book of Esther those of Mesopotamian deities? Stephanie Dalley argues that the narrative reflects real happenings in seventh-century Assyria, where the widespread belief that revenge belongs to the gods explains why Assyrian kings described punitive campaigns as divine acts, leading to the mythologizing of certain historical events. Ashurbanipal's sack of Susa, led by the deities Ishtar and Marduk, underlies the Hebrew story of Esther, and that story contains traces of the cultic calendar of Ishtar-of-Nineveh. Dalley traces the way in which the long-term settlement of 'lost tribes' in Assyria, revealed by the fruits of excavation in Iraq and Syria, inspired a blend of pagan and Jewish traditions.

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    Esther's Revenge at Susa
    From Sennacherib to Ahasuerus
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephanie Dalley
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 223 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 506 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199216635
    ISBN 10: 0199216630

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BISAC V2.8: REL006210
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF, HRJ, HRCG
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15490
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190
    LC subject heading:
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAA
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAA
    DC22: 222/.9067
    LC classification: BS1375.55 .D35 2007
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 222.9067
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, QRM, QRVC, QRJ, NHF, NHC
    Illustrations note
    54 in-text illustrations, 4 maps
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    09 February 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Stephanie Dalley is Senior Research Fellow in Assyriology at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.
    Review quote
    ...a convincing contribution to biblical studies. International Review of Biblical Studies This is a delightful book...one is likely to find much of interest in this study L.L Grabbe, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, fluently written Jonathan Stokl, Journal of Jewish Studies This intriguing and impeccably researched book provides the biblical scholar with much food for thought. Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, Svensk Exegetisk Arsbok Dalley has produced an intriguing and thought-provoking book that will be read with pleasure by cuneiformists, biblicists, and classicists alike. Gary Beckman, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
    Table of contents
    I. THE BACKGROUND IN ASSYRIAN HISTORY AND LITERATURE ; 1. Kings Sargon and Sennacherib, father and son ; 2. Esarhaddon and Ashurbanipal, son and grandson of Sennacherib ; 3. Troubles in Babylon and retribution in Susa ; 4. Dissemination in Palestine and Egypt ; 5. Some literature and its genres ; 6. Ishtar-of-Nineveh and her feasts ; II. TRANSITION TO A JEWISH STORY ; 7. Assyrian words, phrases, and customs in the Hebrew Book of Esther ; 8. Links between seventh-century Assyria, the Hebrew story of Esther, and the kingdom of Adiabene ; 9. From history into myth: evolution of a story