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The Book of Esther as Literary Farce

Lit, Journalism, Perf Arts

Biblical Farce  — The Book of Esther Laughs at Empire:  “I am so great an enemy” to Esther, said Luther, “that I wish it had not come to us at all.” He felt it had too much “Judaizing” and “pagan naughtiness.”  But the book is edgy, funny, and strange, a holy book about a woman who—without father or brother or husband, without being pure or holy or virginal—stands in the eye of an ego-driven, farcical, man-made, nearly catastrophic storm and acts to save her people from destruction.

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