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(inspired by this tweet)

There's so much hanging being spoken about in Megillas Esther.
Any idea as to why this is such a common theme in the Megillah?

2:23

"וַיִּתָּל֥וּ שְׁנֵיהֶ֖ם עַל־עֵ֑ץ"

5:14

" יַֽעֲשׂוּ־עֵץ֮ גָּבֹ֣הַּ חֲמִשִּׁ֣ים אַמָּה֒ וּבַבֹּ֣קֶר ׀ אֱמֹ֣ר לַמֶּ֗לֶךְ וְיִתְל֤וּ אֶֽת־מָרְדֳּכַי֙ עָלָ֔יו"

6:4

" וְהָמָ֣ן בָּ֗א לַחֲצַ֤ר בֵּית־הַמֶּ֙לֶךְ֙ הַחִ֣יצוֹנָ֔ה לֵאמֹ֣ר לַמֶּ֔לֶךְ לִתְלוֹת֙ אֶֽת־מָרְדֳּכַ֔י"

7:10

"וַיִּתְלוּ֙ אֶת־הָמָ֔ן עַל־הָעֵ֖ץ"

8:7

" וְאֹתוֹ֙ תָּל֣וּ עַל־הָעֵ֔ץ"

9:13-14

" וְאֵ֛ת עֲשֶׂ֥רֶת בְּנֵֽי־הָמָ֖ן תָּלֽוּ ... וְאֵ֛ת עֲשֶׂ֥רֶת בְּנֵֽי־הָמָ֖ן יִתְל֥וּ עַל־הָעֵֽץ"

9:25

"וְתָל֥וּ אֹת֛וֹ וְאֶת־בָּנָ֖יו עַל־הָעֵֽץ"

  • I disagree with the premise of the Tweet. Nothing says they were killed by hanging. Perhaps their corpses were hung, which is something even the Sanhedrin would do (Devarim 21:22, using the same wording: ותלית אתו על עץ). – DonielF Mar 17 at 20:33
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    @Yishai interesting- source? – alicht Mar 17 at 21:05
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    @alicht If I had sources to support this idea I'd post it as an answer. :) – DonielF Mar 17 at 21:15
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    Re @DonielF's comments: it's clear that the sons of Haman were hung after being killed: see 9:6–14 – msh210 Mar 17 at 22:12
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    @alicht, capitalpunishmentuk.org/hanging2.html Hanging originated as a method of execution in Persia (now Iran) about 2500 years ago for male criminals only, (women were strangled at the stake for the sake of decency!) – Yishai Mar 18 at 0:56

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