Esther (Biblical book)

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The Book of Esther is a historical account in the Hebrew Bible, which is about 10 chapters long (about 181 verses) [1] The Book of Esther is unusual in never mentioning the name of God; instead, the book conveys insights on topics of "knowledge, wisdom, holiness, and love."[2]

Written in the second or third century B.C., the entire Book of Esther is read aloud at the Jewish celebration of Purim.[3] The authorship of the Book of Esther is unknown.[4] It must have been obviously written after the death of Ahasuerus (the Xerxes of the Greeks), which took place B.C. 465.[4] The minute and particular account also given of many historical details makes it probable that the writer was contemporary with Mordecai and Esther.[4] 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.[4]

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.[4] It has, however, been well observed that though the name of God be not in it, that the book wonderfully exhibits the providential government of God.[4]

References

  1. The Book of Esther has 16 chapters in the Catholic version.[1]
  2. http://www.trivia-library.com/a/bible-numbers-and-statistics.htm
  3. http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday9.htm
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Easton's Bible Dictionary, article on Esther originally published in 1897.
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