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Allusive Keywords: From Literary Flourish to Meaningful Comparisons –
Four Examples Regarding the Book of Esther

An author may deploy a rare phrase or expression, which is meant to ineluctably draw the reader’s mind to a different text; the phrase or expression is not the point in and of itself, however, but is rather meant to encourage the readers to think of broader and deeper parallels – similarities or differences – between the two texts, the one at hand and the one called to mind.

See Also: Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

By Aaron Koller
Associate Professor of Bible
Yeshiva University
June 2014

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