The Bible in Three Dimensions: Essays in Celebration of by David J. A. Clines, Stephen E. Fowl, Stanley E. Porter

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17-19). Since banquets celebrate success, it is appropriate that the first five should be Persian banquets, and the last four Jewish banquets, for the story represents the movement of power from Persians to Jews. ). The third and fourth, 1 A paradigm for the present study is provided by David Jobling, The Sense of Biblical Narrative. Three Structural Analyses in the Hebrew Bible. I (2nd edn; JSOTSup, 7; Sheffield: JSOT, 1986), pp. 26-62. 38 The Bible in Three Dimensions given by and for the Persian queens (Vashti and Esther), contrast with the sixth and seventh, given by the JewishPersian queen (Esther).

The two notions of reliability and omniscience are therefore close associates. Moreover, the reliable narrator assumes divine authority, since the narrator's omniscience is ultimately in symmetry with that of God, for God, too, is omniscient according to this account of biblical poetics. Indeed, it really ought to be the case that Sternberg's narrator be also omnipotent, but this is a point at which the theorist's theological nerve fails, and he backs down: God is the maker, and the narrator only the shaper, of the plot.

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'. The Jewish ambition is solely to position themselves at the centre of power in that society.

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