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Book of Esther
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Esther, Book of
Esther, Book of (אֶסְתֵּר‎, ester). An Old Testament book set in the postexilic period. Narrates the actions of Esther and her cousin Mordecai as they save the Jewish people from genocide during the reign of Ahasuerus the king of Persia.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Esther, Book of
ESTHER, BOOK OF. This OT book, which is part of the Writings (the third and final major section of the Hebrew Bible), takes its title from the name of its heroine, Esther (Heb ʾstr). Her name is of uncertain origin, it being derived either from the Akk ištar (Jensen 1892: 70), the Babylonian goddess
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Esther, Book of
Esther, Book of. OT book telling the story of a Jewish woman’s protection of her people after her marriage to a gentile king.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Esther, Book of
ESTHER, BOOK OF Old Testament book telling the story of a Jewish woman’s protection of her people after her marriage to a gentile king.PreviewAuthorDate, Origin, and PurposeCanonicityBackgroundContentAuthor The book of Esther is an anonymous composition. The reference in 9:20 that Mordecai
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Esther, Book Of
Esther, book of, the last of the Five Scrolls, or Megilloth, found in the Writings section, or Ketuvim, of the Tanakh (Jewish Bible). Each of the Five Scrolls is connected with a different holiday or commemoration in the Jewish calendar. Esther is associated with Purim, a festival of freedom, where Jews
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Esther, Book of (Writing)
Esther before Ahasuerus (Mebescardi). MMESTHER, BOOK OF. In the Heb. Bible this book comes last in a group of five books bearing the title Megilloth, following Ruth, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, and Lamentations.Textual ConsiderationsTextual problems in this book are few. Esther is generally accepted
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Esther, Book of (Writing)
ESTHER, BOOK OF. This book tells how *Esther, a Jewess, became the wife of a Persian king, and was able to prevent the wholesale massacre of the Jewish race within the Persian empire.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Esther, Book Of
Esther, Book ofThe fifth and last of the Megilloth, included among the Writings in the Hebrew canon.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Esther, Book of (Writing)
Esther, Book of. †The fifth and last of the Megilloth or Scrolls found in the Writings, the third division of the Hebrew canon. It is read in the Jewish synagogue during the Feast of Purim.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Esther, Book Of
ESTHER, BOOK OF A canonical book of the Old Testament that tells how the Jews in the Persian Empire were spared from annihilation through the central role played by Esther, the Jewish wife of Ahasuerus; the event is commemorated by the Jewish feast of Purim. In the Catholic canon, Esther is placed among
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Esther, Book of
Esther, Book of. This Book relates an episode in the reign of Xerxes I (here called ‘Ahasuerus’), King of Persia from 486 to 465 bc. It tells how Esther, a kinswoman of the Jew, Mordecai, attained a position of influence and honour as the royal consort, and used it to save her fellow-countrymen when
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