By Timothy K. Beal
The ebook of Hiding deals a fluent and erudite research of the parallels among the Bible and modern discussions of gender, ethnicity and social ambiguity. Beal focuses really at the regularly marginalised publication of Esther, to be able to study heavily the kinds of self and different in terms of faith, sexism, nationalism, and the ever-looming legacies and destiny chances of annihilation. Beal applies the severe instruments of latest theorists, equivalent to Cixous, Irigaray and Levinas, tough broadly held assumptions in regards to the ethical and life-affirming message of Scripture or even in regards to the presence of God within the ebook of Esther. The ebook of Hiding attracts jointly quite a few assorted views and disciplines, making a targeted house for discussion elevating new questions and reconsidering previous assumptions, that is profoundly fascinating and well-articulated.
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On the other hand, very soon there will be suggestions that both reasons may be valid, as the conflict between Haman and Mordecai comes to the fore. In any case, there is no indication at this point that this is part of some strategy she has in mind. It is simply another aspect of her conscription in accordance with the orders and regulations of men. It is an act of obedience to Mordecai. ” This notice makes clear Mordecai’s continued investment in Esther, that is, his concern for her personal welfare, and his investment in her for his own selfinterest.
Just as he was displaying (behar’otô… ’et) his honor and unequaled greatness in verse 4, so now he intends to display (lehar’ot… ’et; nearly identical wording) his queen’s good looks. Given this close parallel, it is reasonable to understand the king’s request here as another public display aimed at consolidating and securing power, this time by securing his subject position as the true patriarch and absolute center of it all. For the king, the narrative 20 WRITING OUT, I parallel suggests, maintenance of male subjective power in the royal household economy (oikonomia, “house-order”) is integrally related to the maintenance of power in the larger order of things.
While there may be some other more ritualistic aspect to this bidding that is lost to us (see Fox 1991b:20), the text does give one explicit motive: “to display to the people and the chiefs her beauty, for she was pleasing [tob] to look at” (v. 11). Just as he was displaying (behar’otô… ’et) his honor and unequaled greatness in verse 4, so now he intends to display (lehar’ot… ’et; nearly identical wording) his queen’s good looks. Given this close parallel, it is reasonable to understand the king’s request here as another public display aimed at consolidating and securing power, this time by securing his subject position as the true patriarch and absolute center of it all.