Haman, Mordekhai's slave

Noah Hacham*

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The conclusion of addition A of the Greek translation of Esther known as the Alpha text relates that Haman was handed over to Mordekhai (as his slave). This unexpected, singular detail appears, with slight variations, in later Jewish sources in the Babylonian Talmud and Aramaic translations of Esther. It is not unlikely that this represents a well-known, ancient Jewish tradition that surfaced at times in sources from different areas. It is possible too that this collective tradition testifies to the extensive, wide-ranging base of the common heritage shared by Jewish communities in diverse locations in late antiquity.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)96-101
Number of pages6
JournalZeitschrift fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010


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