Megillat Esther

Megillat Esther

by JT Waldman
     
 

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Megillat Esther is commonly referred to as the Book of Esther: but there is nothing common about JT Waldman’s interpretation of this Biblical story. In what may be the world’s first religious, scholarly comic book, Waldman tells the epic tale of exile and redemption in graphic form.

When Esther, a Jewish woman, is made Queen of Persia she

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Megillat Esther is commonly referred to as the Book of Esther: but there is nothing common about JT Waldman’s interpretation of this Biblical story. In what may be the world’s first religious, scholarly comic book, Waldman tells the epic tale of exile and redemption in graphic form.

When Esther, a Jewish woman, is made Queen of Persia she must keep her identity hidden, all the while maneuvering to save her people from annihilation. This is a story familiar to many Jews who have heard it recounted every year on the holiday of Purim. But readers of all backgrounds will be entranced by what artist Waldman depicts in his interpretation of the text. At once traditional and groundbreaking Megillat Esther will challenge secular assumptions about the Bible.

Each page of Megillat Esther is a visual tour de force and features the Hebrew text with original English translation, as well as opulent drawings depicting the story of the Persian Queen. Traditional interpretations of the story are woven throughout the panels.

Megillat Esther presents the reader with a topsy-turvey world in which fortunes reverse and nothing is what it seems. This vibrant, edgy retelling of a classic Biblical tale is sure to amaze and intrigue scholars and laypeople of all religions and comic book lovers alike.

Editorial Reviews

Will Eisner

"A bravura display of detail and technique."—Will Eisner
Jerusalem Report

"Through text and art, Waldman feeds readers only the raw words, emotions, and actions of each of the characters, illustrated by Expressionist-inspired drawing."—Jerusalem Report
Jewish Book World

"JT Waldman is a very talented young man who has provided an original translation, artwork, and calligraphy for Megillat Esther. In essence, he has written and illustrated an adult comic book version of this classic story. The artwork is stunning, revealing layers of meaning behind the text... This is a work of great creativity and originality."—Jewish Book World
The Forward

"Waldman's Megillat Esther is a visual masterpiece . . . The richly detailed pages are dazzling . . . this is just the sort of independent, intelligent, nonapologetic work that JPS and entities like it should be promoting."—The Forward
SBL Forum

"Waldman's book represents a new breed of biblical work: more than a simple illuminated manuscript, he provides a visually interpreted translation of Esther with commentary. To my knowledge, nothing like this has ever been created."—SBL Forum (Society of Biblical Literature)
The Jerusalem Report
"Through text and art, Waldman feeds readers only the raw words, emotions, and actions of each of the characters, illustrated by Expressionist-inspired drawing."
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle
"...unlike any comic book/graphic novel anyone has produced before."
Las Vegas Jewish Reporter
"This work opens up the doors for a whole new field within biblical interpretations, a new kind of midrash.... Waldman creates a dynamic theater where the Bible and pop culture tango."
Library Journal
The Old Testament's book of Esther tells a tale of intrigue, genocide, and revenge. Looking to replace Queen Vashti because she haughtily refuses to come to his party, the King of Persia falls for the lovely foster daughter of Mordecai. But not knowing that his new Queen Esther—and Mordecai—are Jewish, the king unwittingly enters into a plot of his egomaniacal prime minister Haman to kill all the Jews in Persia simply because Mordecai will not bow to Haman on the street. Can Esther foil Haman's plot without piquing her husband's temper and courting death herself? Indeed, she does, and Haman is hanged on the gallows he built for Mordecai. It's a satisfying tale for everyone, especially Jews—indeed, the Megillat ("scroll of") Esther is the basis for the Jewish feast of Purim. The sumptuous, almost psychedelic black-and-white art with Hebrew text worked into the panel design is a feast for the eyes, as appetizing as the feast of Purim itself. Plentiful sidebars and back matter, including sources and bibliography, provide plot embellishments and background. For teens and up. Highly recommended for all libraries.
—Martha Cornog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827607880
Publisher:
The Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
08/04/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
840,165
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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