Coïncidence? I think not!

I noticed a literary connection in the court-story books of the Writings…

In Esther 4:

Then Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to go to Mordecai and say, “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days.” (Est 4:10-11)

And in Daniel 2:

The king answered and said, “I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from me is firm—if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation.” (Dan 2:8-9)

One is in Hebrew and the other in Aramaic, but the roots are cognates and the syntax is similar:

Esther 4:11

אַחַת דָּתוֹ

“One is his decree”
Daniel 2:9

חֲדָה-הִיא דָתְכוֹן

“One is your (pl.) decree”

I just thought that was cool. Can you think of another similar instance, either in the HB or in other ANE lit?

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About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, exiled to the land of Phillies fans…an Old Testament professor and former liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, brother-in-law to Josh and Hannah…uncle to Marshall.
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