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Each of the feasts embodies particular languages and principles revealing to readers the complexities of Diaspora life in the Persian Empire. The banquets illuminate the values and ideologies of various multi-faceted groups. Chronotope Chronotope is the term Bakhtin employs to describe the spatio-temporal matrix that shapes narrative texts. ” It embodies the temporal and spatial characteristics of language. Or, in other words, chronotopes function within literature to capture and reveal to readers particular historical and biographical features of language.

Focusing on the relationship between the bible and theology, Newsom maintains Bakhtin’s notions of dialogic truth and the polyphonic text offer not only exciting new venues of exploration for biblical scholars but provide a bridge to facilitate discussion between biblical scholars and theologians. The author condenses Bakhtin’s dialogic sense of truth into four characteristics: dialogic truth requires a plurality of 143 Wells, “Dialogue,” 336-7. 144 Carol Newsom, “Responses to Norman K. ” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 97 (2002): 87-108; Newsom, The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).

Multi-styled and multi-toned nature 14. 127 These are not rigid categories and several of the events in the Esther scroll fit into multiple groups. Comic elements abound in the narrative from the lavish banquets, to the character reversals between Mordecai and Haman including Mordecai’s parade through town escorted by Haman and Haman’s boasting to his wife and friends about his elevated position before his defrocking and death, to Esther’s ascension to the throne via a beauty contest, and to the Purim banquet scenes concluding the scroll.

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