Esther (Biblical book)
The Book of Esther is a historical account in the Hebrew Bible, which is about 10 chapters long (about 181 verses)  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."
Written in the second or third century B.C., the entire Book of Esther is read aloud at the Jewish celebration of Purim. The authorship of the Book of Esther is unknown. It must have been obviously written after the death of Ahasuerus (the Xerxes of the Greeks), which took place B.C. 465. The minute and particular account also given of many historical details makes it probable that the writer was contemporary with Mordecai and Esther. 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, that the book wonderfully exhibits the providential government of God.
- The Book of Esther has 16 chapters in the Catholic version.
- Easton's Bible Dictionary, article on Esther originally published in 1897.