Purim revenge fantasy

lecture

Stanley Mirvis
Harold and Jean Grossman Chair in Jewish Studies/History, Arizona State University

March 8 | 7 p.m.
via Zoom and in person at the Martin Pear JCC
12701 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
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The holiday of Purim commemorates a reversal of fortunes for the Jews of ancient Persia as described in the Book of Esther whereby the Jews became the pursuers rather than the pursued. This theme has given rise to a variety of Jewish traditions associating Purim with revenge. This highly visual lecture explores the iconographic expressions of Jewish revenge fantasy found in Esther Scrolls from medieval to modern times.