Book of Esther


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Noun1.Book of Esther - an Old Testament book telling of a beautiful Jewess who became queen of Persia and saved her people from massacre
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
Hagiographa, Ketubim, Writings - the third of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures
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However, the relevant Hebrew term dat, which means "law" or, better, "decree" is--apart from Deut 33:2 and Ezra 8:36--used only in the book of Esther, where it commonly refers to the decrees of the Persian king.
The Book of Esther opens with feasting and joy in Sushan and in the palace; it concludes with feasting and joy for the Jews of the Persian realm.
In some cases, he would be remembered for generations, like the mythical Mordecai in the Book of Esther.
This book is the culmination of a four-year research project which spanned three continents, as the author explains that his inspiration for this endeavor began on a visit to a special exhibition at the British Museum in London named "Forgotten Empire", that dealt exclusively with the material culture from the same Persian Empire with which we are familiar from the Book of Esther.
Purim commemorates the story of the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire as told in the book of Esther.
When Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, visited Washington last week on the eve of the Purim holiday, he gave Barack Obama, the US president, what he considered a symbolic gift - a copy of the old testament book of Esther.
The biblical book of Esther recounts the miracle of how the Jews came to be saved when Esther, who was loved by the king "above all women", revealed herself as a Jew and asked him that "my people be saved".
For a fine Christian defense of humor and parody in the Book of Esther, see Bruce William Jones, "Two Misconceptions about the Book of Esther," Catholic Bible Quarterly (April 1977) pp.
As Tylus notes, the book of Esther enjoyed a different sort of prominence in the medieval and Renaissance periods than did the tale of Judith, as there are "more manuscript versions of Esther surviving from the medieval period than of any other biblical book.
THE Book of Esther is about a girl who, because of her beauty, is taken for a wife by the King of Persia, but does not reveal that she is Jewish.
Purim, held in high esteem, is Jewish feast commemorating the deliverance of Jews, as documented in the Book of Esther.