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The Book of Esther
A Classified Bibliography
Edith Lubetski, Meir Lubetski
This comprehensive bibliography to scholarly works on the biblical book of Esther contains over 1900 references. It includes titles of books, collected works, Festschriften, theses, journal articles, essays in collections, encyclopaedia and dictionary articles, and online material. It is a classified bibliography, arranged in three main categories -- commentaries, biblical chapters and verses, and subject headings in alphabetical order.
The scope of the bibliography is international, and its focus is on research from the last hundred years. Scholars, students, clergy, and librarians -- among them literary scholars, psychologists, sociologists, historians, linguists, art historians, political scientists, feminists, and Christian and Jewish scholars -- will find this unique volume an indispensable resource and stimulus to further research. A special feature of the bibliography is its extensive coverage of Jewish sources.
This volume received a ‘Honorable Mention’ in the 2008 Judaica Reference and Bibliography Awards.
Edith Lubetski is Head Librarian of the Hedi Steinberg Library, Yeshiva University, New York.
Meir Lubetski is Professor of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Baruch College, City University of New York.
All in all, this attractive volume … should revolutionize studying about and teaching about the plot, characters, and setting of the book of Esther in both the Hebrew original and the other versions as well as the extensive literature that has been inspired by the book from antiquity to the present. … This reviewer urgently recommends that every synagogue and church library and the library of every serious Jewish and Christian clergy person acquire The Book of Esther: A Classified Bibliography at once and that every college, seminary, university, and public library place this volume in its reference collection and that it be a standard entry in reading lists in courses in the study of women in Scripture. Mayer Gruber, Review of Biblical Literature.
The Lubetskis have created a comprehensive and thoughtfully organized bibliography of Esther scholarship. It will undoubtedly be a valuable tool in all areas of Esther studies. Michael Fox, University of Wisconsin.
The authors of this bibliography have given us a marvelous work, one composed with great industry, patience and skill. Its broad coverage, including older commentaries that might not be so well known, will make it a most valuable resource to both scholars and students. Also, the authors have carefully brought out the multiple topics in a work, not always clear from its title, and have greatly facilitated the researcher's task by giving full listings under each subject, without the need for cross references. It's a bibliography fit for a queen!
Peter Kearney, former Library of Congress Hebraica Team.