One scholar who subscribes to Gerleman’s thesis, albeit not without qualification, is M. E. Andrew, “Esther, Exodus and Peoples,” Australian Biblical Review 23 (1975), pp. 25–28. For further criticism of Gerleman’s thesis, see Moore, “Esther Revisited Again: A Further Examination of Certain Esther Studies in the Past Ten Years,” Hebrew Annual Review 7 (1983), pp. 173–76.