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Book of Esther and Symbols of Tree and Cross

By: Pawel Plichta  

The aim of the article is to analyze the symbol of tree and cross in the Book of Esther. The story of the Jewish queen and her intervention with the king contributed to the salvation of Jews. The enemy of Jews was killed. "So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified" (Est. 7:10). Interesting interpretations of the biblical motive are found in some works with crucified Haman. This selected topos from the Book of Esther is an example of different interpretation of universal symbols in the context of religious traditions.

Bible, Tree, Symbolism
Religious Foundations
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session



Dr. Pawel Plichta

Ph.D., Department of Intercultural Studies, Jagiellonian University


Employee at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. His scientific interests focus on the Bible as a multifaceted culture-foeming text and its reception in cultures, cultural history issuesm inclugding the history of religion, interreligious relations and cultural routs. Among others, he is the author of: Estera w kulturach. Rzecz o biblijnych toposach, Kraków 2014; Mosty nadziei. Jagiellońskie inspiracje dialogu międzykulturowego, as co-editor Kraków 2014. Appreciated by: Camino Frances (2014), Camino del NOrte (2016), Cmaino Finisterre-Muxia (2016).