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12.1–6 : Mordecai saves the king's life.

It is unclear whether this conspiracy is the same as the one in Esth 2.19–23 of the Heb text or an earlier one.

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The king rewarded Mordecai immediately (in contrast to 6.1–3 ).

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The Gk text suggests (in contrast to the Heb) that Haman took part in the eunuchs' foiled plot and thus provides a motivation for both Mordecai's and Haman's subsequent actions. Bougean, in 3.1 “Bougean” is an attempt to translate the Heb word “Agagite” which connects Haman to the Amalekite king, Agag, Saul's vanquished enemy (see 1 Sam 15.8 ). Mordecai and Haman share an ancestral enmity (Ex 17.8–16; Num 24.7 ).

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