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Esther Rabbah
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[German Version]

A haggadic midrash (Haggadah) on the book of Esther comprising two originally independent portions, according to the title page of Pesaro's first edition (1519) also called Midrash Esther or Midrash Ahasuerus. Part 1 (parashot 1–6; approx. two-thirds of the total) offers a verse-by-verse exegesis of Esth 1–2. The beginning of a new section of the text is usually marked by a prooemium. A significant affinity, in language and content, with the Palestinian Amoraic collections (Amoraim) characterizes the midrash: most of the traditions combined here arose r…

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Becker, Hans-Jürgen, “Esther Rabbah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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