Overview of Esther

17 Mar 2020 Book of Esther
  • 17th book of the BIBLE, Old Testament and 12th of the 12 historical books
  • Not one time does the name of God appear in the Book of Esther.
  • The providence of God is abundant throughout the book.
  • Thechronological span for the Book of Esther is about 10 years.
  • Esther is addressed to the multitudes of Jews who did not return to Judea. They remained in voluntary exile.
  • The providence of God is abundant throughout the book.
    • He ensures that Mordecai’s deeds are recorded in the palace records.
    • He guides Esther’s admission to the King’s court.
    • He guides the timing of Esther’s two feasts.
    • He is involved in Ahasuerus’s insomnia and the cure he uses of it.
    • He sees that Haman’s fallows will be used in an unexpected way.
    • He gives Esther great favor in the sight of the king.
    • He brings about the new decree.
    • He brings about the victory of the Jews.
  • The Book of Esther fits between the 6th and 7th chapters of Ezra, utilizing 10 of the 58 years during that gap, and somewhere in the 81 year period between the return led by Ezra and the one led by Zerubbabel.
  • The Jewish Feast of Purim (“puru” from the Assyrian word meaning “lot”) was begun to remember the deliverance of the Jews from the destruction planned by Haman.