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I don't think any "school of Hermeneutics" worth its salt would discount the importance of that characteristic of the book. While I don't believe it changes the interpretation of the book, it certainly underscores one of the central messages of the book: viz., The sovereignty of God is manifest even when it is hidden. Karen Jobes put it extremely well: ...


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You can access and view 43 different translations of this verse in English here. Most of these translations are very similar, and all seem to indicate that "relief and deliverance" will come to the Jews from somewhere. Esther had opportunity to act at that time, but even if she did not act (and subsequently perished), "relief and deliverance" would still ...


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The Book of Esther (see Levenson or Berlin) is part of the venerable genre of the, well, bodice-ripper. It's a romance. It thrives on the implausible. Since just about all of it is preposterous, it's hard to know where to start, but try here. At the outset, Esther enters the contest. Would the contest really accept a young woman of completely unknown ...


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From Esther 8:1 On that day … Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her. it would seem that the family connection was not known until then. But that they knew each other could not have been a secret. Mordechai regularly walked past the harem to enquire of Esther’s well-being (2:11). When Mordechai discovered the plot ...



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