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    • Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:)
    • That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace,
    • In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him
    • When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days.
  1. Esther 2:15 | View whole chapter | See verse in context. Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all ...

    • Summary of The Book of Esther
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    • Purpose, Themes and Literary Features
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    This summary of the book of Esther provides information about the title, author(s), date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the Book of Esther.

    Although we do not know who wrote the book of Esther, from internal evidence it is possible to make some inferences about the author and the date of composition. It is clear that the author was a Jew, both from his emphasis on the origin of a Jewish festival and from the Jewish nationalism that permeates the story. The author's knowledge of Persian customs, the setting of the story in the city of Susa and the absence of any reference to conditions or circumstances in the land of Judah suggest that he was a resident of a Persian city. The earliest date for the book would be shortly after the events narrated, i.e., c. 460 b.c. (before Ezra's return to Jerusalem; see note on 8:12). Internal evidence also suggests that the festival of Purim had been observed for some time prior to the actual writing of the book (9:19) and that Xerxes had already died (see 10:2and note). Several scholars have dated the book later than 330 b.c.; the absence of Greek words and the style of the author's Heb...

    The author's central purpose was to record the institution of the annual festival of Purim and to keep alive for later generations the memory of the great deliverance of the Jewish people during the reign of Xerxes. The book accounts for both the initiation of that observance and the obligation for its perpetual commemoration (see 3:7; 9:26-32; see also chart, pp. 234-235). Throughout much of the story the author calls to mind the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Amalekites (see notes on 2:5; 3:1-6; 9:5-10), a conflict that began during the exodus (Ex 17:8-16; Dt 25:17-19) and continued through Israel's history (1Sa 15; 1Ch 4:43; and, of course, Esther). As the first to attack Israel after their deliverance from Egypt, the Amalekites were viewed -- and the author of Esther views them -- as the epitome of all the powers of the world arrayed against God's people (see Nu 24:20; 1Sa 15:2-3; 28:18). Now that Israel has been released from captivity, Haman's edict is the final major...

    The Feasts of Xerxes (1:1;2:18)
    The Feasts of Esther (2:19;7:10)
    The Feasts of Purim (chs. 8-10)
  2. Original 1611 KJV Sidenote References for Esther Chapter 1 5 Hebr. found. 6 Or, violet. , Or, of porphyre, and marble, and alabaster, and stone of blew colour. 7 Hebr. wine of the kingdome. , Heb. according to the hand of the king.

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  4. The Book of Esther, The King James Bible, read by Alexander Scourby ©1991 Litchfield Associates, all rights reserved, duplication prohibited. View a 60-seco...

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  5. Esther 1 [Full Chapter] Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:) That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, In the third year of his reign, he made a feast ...

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