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B notes her general anxiety ('and she was troubled', Kai eTapa%6T|), but M's adverb "TKQ intensifies its description. A does not attribute any emotional reaction to her. Only B states the reason for Esther's response; she is disturbed 'by what she heard had happened' (dcKoxxjaoa to yeyovcx;). However, even this additional phrase leaves it ambiguous as to exactly what of that which had occurred upsets her. (There is no indication whatever in the text that Esther is upset at Mordecai's sackcloth, as Moore suggests [Esther, p.
A notes that first Esther pleases the king immensely ('she pleased him very much', iipeoev oc\)Tcp a068poc) before he makes his choice (v. 9). The king is shown to have differing actions and attitudes in the consideration of the women and in the choice of Esther. In A, his action is a logical, calculated choice based on studious and thorough examination (KaTeuxxvSavev, 'he carefully considered'). B notes simply that the king prefers Esther (fipdo9r|, 'he chose'), without stating the reason for his choice.
5-8a and 12 of the other two. The primary way in which it differs significantly is in not indicating that Mordecai tells Esther specifically of Haman's promise nor that he sends her a copy of the official edict. Text 4 And he called a certain eunuch and sent to Esther. ' But he was not willing. And the servants and the eunuchs of the queen came in and brought report to her, and she was troubled by what she heard had happened. And she sent clothes to Mordecai, so to take off the sackcloth from him, but he was not persuaded.
Three Faces of a Queen: Characterization in the Books of Esther (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 186) by Linda Day