The Message of Esther

The Bible Speaks Today Series

by David G. Firth

The Message of Esther
paperback
  • Length: 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: September 27, 2010
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2433-5
  • Item Code: 2433
  • Case Quantity: 72

By any assessment, Esther is a rather strange book to find in the Bible. Not only is it, along with Daniel, the only book of the Bible to be set entirely outside of the Promised Land, it also shows no interest in that land. More than that, Esther is the only book in the Bible which definitely does not mention God. None of this should be taken as meaning that the book has no theological intention--on the contrary it has a developed theology, but it is a theology which operates precisely because it does not mention God directly. In this volume in the Bible Speaks Today commentary series, David Firth explores this paradoxically important book and its implications for our own contemporary context, where the reality of God's presence is experienced against a backdrop of God's relative anonymity and seeming absence.

CONTENTS

General preface
Author's preface
Chief abbreviations
Bibliography

Introduction
1. Some Parties and Their Aftermath (1:1-22)
2. Providence in the Passive Voice (2:1-23)
3. Power and Corruption in High Places (3:1-15)
4. Risking All (4:1-17)
5. A Tale of Two Banquets (5:1-14)
6. A Funny Thing Happened (6:1-13)
7. An Awkward Dinner (6:14-7:10)
8. Revoking the Irrevocable (8:1-17)
9. Days of Deliverance (9:1-19)
10. Remembering Deliverance (9:20-10:3)

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David G. Firth is Old Testament tutor and head of research at St John's College, Nottingham, England. He is the author of 1 & 2 Samuel (Apollos Old Testament Commentary), The Message of Esther, and The Message of Joshua, and he is the coeditor of Interpreting the Psalms, Interpreting Isaiah, and Words & the Word.

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