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The Anchor Yale Bible: Esther

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Yale University Press 2008

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Overview

Esther, the biblical book named after the beautiful Jewish woman chosen by the Persian King Xerxes to be queen, is a story of love, political intrigue, and religious faithfulness. Carey A. Moore combines his treatment of scholarly issues with an engaging explanation of the popular Jewish festival of Purim.

One of three biblical and extrabiblical books named after women (Esther, Ruth, and Judith), Esther reads like a novel, with its fast-paced, action-packed story. Drawing on ancient tales of court intrigue and Midrashic sources, the author captivates the reader with the story of Queen Esther, her uncle Mordecai, King Xerxes, and the royal court’s villain, Haman. The story not only entertains, it also explains the origins of the Jewish festival of Purim.

Moore deftly deals with the scholarly issues peculiar to this book without sacrificing his sensitivity to its literary quality. The uncertainty that Esther should be included in sacred Scripture stems from its apparent lack of religious elements, its absence at Qumran, and its questionable historicity. Moore takes up these issues, carefully explaining and weighing prevailing scholarly theories before registering his own conclusions on the origin, date, and purpose of the book of Esther.

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Key Features

  • Offers original translations, including alternative translations, annotations, and variants
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary on the text
  • Presents the reader with historical background, including analysis of authorship and dating
  • Features an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature

Contents

  • Queen Vashti Is Deposed (1:1–22)
  • Esther Is Chosen Queen (2:1–18)
  • Mordecai Foils a Plot against the King (2:19–23)
  • Haman Plans the Destruction of All the Jews (3:1–15)
  • Esther Agrees to Go Unsummoned to the King (4:1–17)
  • Esther Lays a Trap for Haman (5:1–8)
  • Haman Resolves to Hang Mordecai (5:9–14)
  • Mordecai Is Finally Rewarded (6:1–13)
  • Haman Is Unmasked and Executed (6:14–7:10)
  • The King Begins to Undo the Evil of Haman (8:1–17)
  • The Jews are Victorious over Their Enemies (9:1–19)
  • How Purim Became an Established Festival (9:20–32)
  • The Conclusion of the Book of Esther (10:1–3)

Product Details

  • Title: Esther
  • Author: Carey A. Moore
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 192

About Carey A. Moore

Carey A. Moore is chairman of the department of religion at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania.

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