The author of Esther references the Joseph story in lots of ways. I count at least nine pretty solid parallels.
- J and E are secretly hidden in the Kings house; later J and E come to the rescue of their brothers
- Beauty works against both J and E
- Both J and E lose their original names
- Two courtiers plot against the king in both stories and their punishment brings M and J to the king's attention
- The kings inability to sleep helps both J and M get ahead
- J and M are both paraded in the street with a heralder in front
- Both J and M/E receive a ring removed from the king's hand
- Both J and M resist the daily cajoling of someone, with identical language provided: "va-yehi ce-amram/ke-dibra yom (ve-)yom, ve-lo shama..."
- On the possible loss of Benjamin, Jacob declares "ka'asher shakolti shakalti". On the possible loss of herself, Esther declares: "ka'asher avadeti avadeti
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