The politics of Purim

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Lectures by Dr. David Neiman on iTunes

The holiday of Purim is celebrated worldwide by all Jewish communities, and with greater emotional involvement by the communities of Iran and Iraq. The story of Purim is an account of the historical events related in the Scroll of Esther. Biblical scholars have always had a problem with this story and other biblical narratives which are beautifully written. It is as if the perfection of the literary work leads them to doubt its historical accuracy.

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Topics covered in this lecture:

  • Megillot-Megillah
  • The Persian Empire
  • Ahashverosh is Xerxes
  • The Story of Esther
  • The Rise of Haman
  • Jews in the Persian Empire
  • The Threat to the Jews
  • Greco-Persian wars
  • Aftermath of the Wars
  • Problem of the Megillah
  • Classic Anti-Jewish Accusation
  • Character of Ahashverosh
  • The Megillah in historical context

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