Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Happy Purim. A post on Purim and what may or may not be true of the holiday.

    • Ilan Bergman 
      Well I subscribe to Jacob Hoschanders "The Book Of Esther In The Light Of History" based on known Persian history of the time. So I would say that its a true story, giving only skeleton details about events occuring and that its really missing a lot of intrigue that Hoschander fills in thru his study of the records. Its still published by the LuLu press I believe.

      Archaeology shows that the author of the Megillah was familiar with the layout of Shushan the Capital as it was in the time of Artaxeres ll. Their is a lot going on during the era of the Purim story between Persia and other nations and the book needs to be read with the notes to fully understand Hoschanders view of events.

      Some things Hoschander reveals

      1. It was Artaxerxes ll, or in Hebrew, ארתחששתא השני not Ahashverous who was the king at that time.

      2. Darius the Second his father in a letter noted that Arty did not possess the "Persian virtue of drinking great amounts of wine without becoming intoxicated." So when when it says "On the Seventh day when the kings heart was merry with wine, we might deduce that a true blue Persian might have taken twice that time to get roaring drunk.

      3. That Vashtis real name was Stateira, and along with nicknames given her and thru scribal translations from Persian to Hebrew it became Vashti.

      4. Vashti may have been degraded from rank as queen but still was the kings consort. She may also have been assasinated for other purposes.

      5. Haman was not a descendant of the Amalekian King, but a person from the Northern province of Medina. That scribal errors made it seem as though he might have been related to Agag but it is only a Rabbinic supposition that Agag had relations with a woman the night before Samuel hacked him to pieces, in order to show how the bloodline continued.

      6. Zorastrianism is also a big factor in Hamans enmity, apparently there was big reform going on where it was becoming Anthropomorphic and Idolatrous statues, never heard of in the religon were becoming the norm, and this may relate to the Rabbinic commentary that Haman refused to bow to Haman because of an idol he wore around his neck, among other things.
  • 1 comment:

    Analytical Adam said...

    Interestingly Paganism and the Jewish religion being so strongly against this was part of Haman's hatred of Mordechai and the Jewish people as a whole.