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  Bible Summary - ESTHER
Inasmuch as the Hebrew text of Esther begins with the word "and" some have suggested that originally it was attached to some other historical work, possibly Nehemiah--the book it follows in the LXX and in the English translations.
The identity of the author of the book of Esther is unknown.
The historical setting of the book of Esther is to be found in events closely connected with Xerxes' disastrous Greek campaign that marked the last serious Persian attempt to incorporate the city-states of Greece into the Persian Empire.
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 Esther, Book of - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
It shows that the book was designed for a place in a series, the waw linking it on to a book immediately preceding, and that the present arrangement of the Hebrew Bible differs widely from what must have been the original order.
Referring to Esther, he says that, though the Jews have it in their Canon, "it is more worthy than all" the apocryphal books "of being excluded from the Canon." That repudiation was founded, however, on no historical or critical grounds.
The gathering of the nobles of the empire in "the third year of his reign" (Esther 1:3) was plainly the historical assembly in which the Grecian campaign was discussed; and "the seventh year," in which Esther was made queen, was that of his return from Greece.
www.studylight.org /enc/isb/view.cgi?number=T3215   (3914 words)

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Esther Chapter 3 Aman, advanced by the king, is offended at Mardochai, and therefore procureth the king's decree to destroy the whole nation of the Jews.
Esther Chapter 5 Esther is graciously received: she inviteth the king and Aman to dinner, Aman prepareth a gibbet for Mardochai.
And on the third day Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's hall: now he sat upon his throne in the hall of the palace, over against the door of the house.
www.ewtn.com /library/scriptur/esther.txt   (8482 words)

Even if Esther and Mordochai were filled with a spirit of revenge toward the Gentiles, no reproach could in consequence be cast on the book of Esther, which neither praises nor recommends their actions or behaviour, but simply relates what took place without blame or approval.
ESTHER 1:16-18 And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.
ESTHER 2:8-9 So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.
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 Book of Esther
The book was intended to strengthen Jews under persecution during the Maccabean wars and, in particular, to authorize celebration in Palestine of the Feast of Purim, otherwise unknown in the Old Testament.
Esther was the queen of Ahasuerus, and heroine of the book that bears her name.
By the interposition of Esther this terrible catastrophe was averted.
www.mb-soft.com /believe/txs/esther.htm   (635 words)

 Book of Esther - Bible Survey
The purpose of the Book of Esther is the recording of the institution of the Feast of Purim and the obligation of its perpetual observation.
The Book of Esther was read at the Feast of Purim to commemorate the great deliverance of the Jewish nation brought about by God through Esther.
Esther 7:3 - If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life-this is my petition, and the life of my people-this is my request.
www.gotquestions.org /Book-of-Esther.html   (892 words)

 The Book of Esther
Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed.
And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand.
Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish.
www.ebible.org /bible/kjv/Esther.htm   (3586 words)

 USCCB - NAB - Esther - Introduction
The purpose of the book is didactic: the glorification of the Jewish people and the explanation of the origin, significance and date of the feast of Purim on the fourteenth and fifteenth of Adar (February-March).
The book is a free composition-not a historical document, despite the Achaemenian coloring of the narrative.
The book is vindictive, but it should be remembered that the precept of love of enemies had not yet been taught by the word and example of Christ.
www.usccb.org /nab/bible/esther/intro.htm   (816 words)

 The Book of Esther
And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.
Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it.
Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.
www.ibiblio.org /Bahai/Texts/English/Esther/Esther-2.html   (687 words)

 Esther, Book of (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Hence we may conclude that the book was written probably about B.C. 444-434, and that the author was one of the Jews of the dispersion.
This book is more purely historical than any other book of Scripture; and it has this remarkable peculiarity that the name of God does not occur in it from first to last in any form.
It has, however, been well observed that "though the name of God be not in it, his finger is." The book wonderfully exhibits the providential government of God.
www.christiananswers.net /dictionary/estherbookof.html   (160 words)

 Book of Esther - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jewish; The Book of Esther or the Megillah is the basis for the Jewish celebration of Purim.
Esther is usually dated to the 3rd or 4th century B.C.E. Jewish tradition regards it as a redaction by the Great Assembly of an original text written by Mordecai.
Jacob Hoschander (The Book of Esther in the Light of History, Oxford University Press, 1923) has argued that evidence of the historicity of Haman and his father Hamedatha is seen in Omanus and Anadatus mentioned by Strabo as being honoured with Anahita in the city of Zela.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Book_of_Esther   (2716 words)

 The Book of Esther
The biblical book of Esther is a secularized Elamite myth of Ishtar (Esther) and her consort Marduk (Mordecai), who sacrificed to the god Hammon, or Amon (Haman).
The story of Esther is an allegorical tale of the intercession of Ishtar, whom the Jews worshipped at the time, with the king who was supposed to be her consort, on behalf of the subject Jewish tribes.
Esther will be risking her life when she goes to see the king.
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 The Book of Esther
Esther had not yet made known her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.
And Esther's maidens and her chamberlains came and told it her; and the queen was exceedingly grieved: and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take his sackcloth from off him; but he received it not.
And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favor in his sight; and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand.
www.shsu.edu /~his_ncp/Esther.html   (3777 words)

 Esther Bible Study Aid
Esther therefore agrees to go to the king without being summoned, "which is not according to the law," resolving: "if I perish, I perish" (4:16).
So Esther dresses nicely and stands in the king's inner court, for which he can have her killed; but instead, he holds out the golden scepter to her, allowing her to speak.
It is interesting to me that the book is entitled "Esther" and not "Mordecai." Although the book begins and ends with the focus on Mordecai, it is the courageous risk that Esther assumes when she intercedes for the Jews that is remembered and celebrated.
www.literatureclassics.com /ancientpaths/esther.html   (589 words)

 Book of Esther - Part 2
Now on the third day after Esther and her maidens were fasting, Esther put on her royal garments, and stood in the inner court of the kings house.
This was called "the book of records of the chronicles." And there the king found that Mordecai had discovered the plot by two of the king's keepers who wanted to kill the king.
So the king and Haman went to the second banquet, and there Esther told the king that she and her people were going to be killed, and the king asked by who, and she told the king that Haman was the man who wanted to kill Esther and all the Jewish people.
littlelambsministry.freeservers.com /storybookestherpart2.htm   (821 words)

 The Royal Book of Esther
Biblical scholars feel that this book and the events contained therein are related to, or associated with, the Jews who came out of the captivity of Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, but they associate no purpose to that knowledge.
Esther’s parents must have died sometime between 597 BC and at a time sufficiently before the third year of the reign of Ahasuerus to make it necessary and important for Mordecai to intervene on her behalf by helping to raise her.
For Esther to be Mordecai’s cousin there is just no sensible way for Mordecai to be 118 years of age or more, and still have a cousin young enough to fit the kings criteria.
www.israelofgod.org /esther.htm   (4094 words)

 Book of Esther
The Book of Esther recounts the story of a Jewish Queen, Esther, who saves her people from a planned anti-Jewish plot to kill all the Jews in only one day!...
It is a Book with pious prayers by all the Jews for Esther when she is ready to intercede to the King...
When modern rationalists argue that the Book of Esther is irreligious in character, unlike the other books of the Old Testament, and therefore to be rejected, they have in mind only the first or protocanonical part, not the entire book, which is manifestly religious....
biblia.com /jesusbible/esther.htm   (1402 words)

 Daily Bible Study - Esther
The Book Of Esther (see also By The Book) is the story of how a young orphaned Israelite girl from the tribe of Benjamin (Esther 2:5-7) rose from being a former prisoner-exile to Queen of Persia.
When orphaned at a young age, Esther was raised by her older cousin, Mordecai, who worked in the household of the Persian king (Esther 2:5-7).
Esther's role in the saving of the Jewish people came after Haman the Agagite, in effect the prime minister of Persia, managed to get a royal decree to kill all of the Jews throughout the Persian empire, which would then have included those who had returned to Jerusalem.
www.keyway.ca /htm2002/estherb.htm   (497 words)

Esther replies that to approach the king without being summoned is to risk death.
Esther tells Mordechai to ask the Jews to fast and pray for three days before she will approach the king.
Esther's son, King Darius, later gave permission for the Jews to return to the Land of Israel and rebuild the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
www.goodnewsmedia.com /bible.studies.htm/esther.htm   (1284 words)

 The Book of Esther in the Old Testament with cross reference Scripture links!
In this Old Testament Book of the Bible, the obviously emerging information is that God uses common men and women to conquer unobtainable situations to achieve His favorable desires.
After reading the Book of Ezra Chapter 6, one can read the complete Book of Esther and then continue on to Ezra Chapter 7 for the chronological sequence of events.
Esther who hides a secret about her true identity then became queen, because she had found favor in his sight and the Lord used Esther and her family (mainly Mordecai) to triumph over Israel's enemies who were plotting to destroy them.
esther.jesusanswers.com   (478 words)

The very fact of variations between the Hebrew and the deuterocanonical additions shows that the book was freely embellished in the course of its history.
Moreover, the artificial symmetry suggests fiction: Gentiles against Jews; Vashti as opposed to Esther; the hanging of Haman and the appointment of Mordecai as the vizier; the anti-Semitic pogrom and the slaying of the Gentiles.
First, the story relates that Esther became a concubine to the King of Persia, before becoming the queen; and in becoming the queen, she was married to a Gentile.
www.earlyjewishwritings.com /esther.html   (723 words)

 The Book of Esther
Esther knew a secret that has been passed down to women for centuries...
All Esther asks is for the king and Haman to have lunch with her.
The intelligent woman that she is, Esther invites the king and Haman to have supper the next day.
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 Amazing Prophecies in the Book of Genesis
In the Bible, this Esther is seen to be a Jewish concubine, who became Queen of Persia by virtue of her great beauty, allure, and sexual charms.
The Jewish duo of Esther, the Queen, and her conniving cousin, Mordecai, thus represents the idolatrous Persian deities, Ashtar, the Mother Goddess, and Marduk, the God.
Within the book of Esther is God's hidden prophetic journal for what is soon to transpire for Christians everywhere on earth, if the Zionist zealots get their way.
www.conspiracyworld.com /web/Articles/prophecies_in_esther.htm   (1640 words)

 The Book of Esther
And so Esther was also brought to the palace, and she pleased the keeper of the woman so much, that she was given special things to make her more beautiful, and she was given the best place in the house where the woman were kept.
And when it was time for Esther to go before the king, he loved her more than any of the woman, and Esther obtained grace in his sight, and he set the royal crown on her head, and she became queen instead of Vashti.
But Esther sent word to Mordecai that if one went to the king without being called by him, they might be put to death, but if he held out his golden sceptre, they would live.
littlelambsministry.freeservers.com /storybookestherpart1.htm   (873 words)

 The Book of Esther: A Better Translation
For this translation, I have delved into many of the Rabbinical Writings on the Book of Esther, and availed myself of the study devoted to it in the 2356 years since it was first written.
The events detailed in the Book of Esther took place primarily in Shushan, the capital of King Ahasueraus' empire.
We find that the Book of Esther says that the decree affected Jews in "all of the empire," so Jews must have lived in many far-flung provinces of the empire.
www.beingjewish.com /yomtov/purim/esther_intro.html   (421 words)

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