This excellent commentary is a clear and helpful guide for studying the book of Esther. While Esther is often neglected by Christian preachers and teachers, its message continues to be of importance in the present day. This useful resource will provide insight to help us understand and appreciate God's work through the life of Queen Esther. The drama of the book is clearly captured in this superb commentary where Bechtel expertly explores the historical setting, literary structures, and theological themes that emerge in the book of Esther. Theologically, the book shows us the importance of proportion or balance in life, the challenge of living a faithful life in the midst of an unfaithful culture, and the power of the written Word.
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