Esther in the Portuguese Nation
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As the story of Esther is removed from Iberia, relocated, and retold within the Portuguese Community in the diaspora, Poema de la Reyna Ester (1627) by Jõao Pinto Delgado betrays a longing for the homeland and an exploration of the trials encountered in the diaspora by Iberian Jewish conversos. In this chapter, I explore the creation of a national identity that existed beyond borders and geographical determinations and instead exists in the language and literature of a diasporic community. Delgado’s poem carefully upholds and celebrates Esther as a heroine and savior of the Jewish people.