Sidnie White Crawford

Sidnie White Crawford is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Chair of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has published extensively in the areas of Second Temple Judaism, feminist criticism of the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Crawford is President of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

Articles by this author

Vashti: Bible

The first wife of Ahasuerus (Xerxes I, reigned 485–465 B.C.E.), the king of Persia, Vashti is the featured character in the first episode (thought by some scholars to come from a “Vashti” source) of the Book of Esther, a work of historical fiction of the late Persian-early Hellenistic period (fourth century b.c.e.).

Esther: Bible

The heroine of the book named for her, Esther is a young Jewish woman living in exile in the Persian Lit. (Greek) "dispersion." The Jewish community, and its areas of residence, outside Erez Israel.diaspora, who through her youth and beauty becomes queen of the Persian Empire, and then by her wits and courage saves the Jewish people from destruction. The message of the Book of Esther, a work of historical fiction written in the diaspora in the late Persian—early Hellenistic period (fourth century b.c.e.), gives encouragement to the exiled Jews that they, although powerless in the Persian Empire, can, by their resourcefulness and talents, not only survive but prosper, as does Esther.

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