The story is a familiar one, made popular by Sunday school teachers, novels, and movies: her people threatened with extinction, Queen Esther must summon the courage to approach the Persian king Xerxes in order to save the Jews. But is the book of Esther only about being brave, or is there more to it?
Anthony Tomasino, director of the biblical studies program and associate professor of Bible, Old Testament, and Hebrew at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, examines this well-known story in Evangelical Exegetical Commentary: Esther. He studies the Hebrew text to bring out motifs of feasting, sovereignty, assertiveness, and reversal.
He also investigates the book’s connection with the celebration of Purim, the issue of assimilation into a foreign culture, the theme of the invincibility of the Jewish people, and the conspicuous absence of God’s name. He does all this while also stepping back to examine the big picture through the lens of biblical theology, helping readers apply the text to today by giving applications and devotional implications.
Evangelical Exegetical Commentary: Esther is the most recent volume in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (EEC) series. If you have purchased the EEC, this volume will download to your account automatically.