Esther: An Introduction and Commentary, By Debra Reid
  • Length: 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: March 13, 2008
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 4213
  • ISBN: 9780830842131

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The place: Persia. The time: fifth-century BC. The Jews were threatened with genocide. A decree ordered the extermination of young and old, women and children. The book of Esther describes how this crisis was averted through the bravery of Esther, the wisdom of Mordecai and the unity of the Jewish people. Debra Reid's approachable commentary helps us see even more clearly in the book of Esther the God who quietly --and sometimes unexpectedly-- works behind the scenes to order the events of our lives.

This completely new volume replaces the previous editon of Esther in the Tyndale Commentary series written by Joyce Baldwin.

"The Tyndale volumes have long been the premier shorter-length commentary series on both Testaments throughout the English-speaking world."

Craig Blomberg, Denver Seminary

"Tyndale commentaries are always useful, not least because they focus so clearly on the text of Scripture, and do not fall into the trap of paying too much attention to other commentaries and not enough to the scriptural text they are intended to expound and explain. So they retain their usefulness for preachers, Bible study leaders and for all readers of the Bible."

Peter Adam, principal, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

"Within its constraints, this series includes some outstanding volumes."

D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"There simply is no series of medium-length commentaries that approaches the excellence of the Tyndale commentaries."

Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary

"An accessible and thought-provoking reference work."

Robert Andy Gowins, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, September 2009

"[Reid] successfully offers her an integrated reading of the Esther story without delving into in-depth scholarly debates, while preserving a good sense of accuracy in interpretation."

S. Tatu, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2009

". . .highly recommended for community library religious collections."

James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review, July 2008


General Preface
Author's preface
Select bibliography

1. The nature of the book of Esther
2. Origin and date
3. Historical background and setting
4. Canonical status
5. Literary issues
6. Textual issues
7. Theology and purpose



Appendix: The Greek Additions
The text of the Greek Additions

Additional notes

Persia and Media
The Palace of Susa
Feminist interpretations of Esther I
The pur
Purim today


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Debra Reid is director of open learning at Spurgeon’s College, London. She is the author of Ruth and Esther and Psalms 73-150 in the Crossway Bible Guides, a contributor to several reference works, and has been involved in the publication of a variety of Bible editions and new translations.