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The right of the Book of Esther to be
included among the canonical or inspired Scriptures was not granted
without serious opposition. Some have objected to the book's lack of
religious teaching; others to its uncertain historical character. But
among the mass of Jews the book has always been a particularly popular
work. It accounts for the origin of one of their feasts, that of Purim,
to the observance of which it seeks to encourage the people; and its
reading aloud constitutes one of the main features of that occasion.
Its authorship is wholly unknown. It seems by its character to be of
comparatively late date, most probably the third century B.C. if not
later. The book treats of the fate of the Jews while dwelling in
Babylonia under the Persian kings. It tells of a special danger which
threatened the race in the days of the king Ahasuerus, and of their
deliverance by Esther and Mordecai. Ahasuerus is probably identical with
the Xerxes whom the Greeks defeated; and as this monarch's reign
extended from B.C. 485 to 465 the events narrated would have occurred
during the unrecorded interval of sixty years in the middle of the book
The Greek version of the Bible adds to the story of Esther passages
which do not exist in the Hebrew, and have never been part of the Hebrew
canon. Hence these passages are not included in modern Protestant
Bibles, though they are accepted by the Catholic Church along with the
other apocryphal books. The passages add much to the religious tone of
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Esther Chapter 1
The royal feast of Ahasuerus 1-9. Vashti's
refusal to appear, the king's decree 10-22.
Esther Chapter 2
Esther chosen queen 1-20. Mordecai
discovers a plot against the king 21-23.
Esther Chapter 3
Haman seeks to destroy the Jews 1-6. He
obtains a decree against the Jews 7-15.
Esther Chapter 4
The Jews lament their danger 1-4. Esther
undertakes to plead for the Jews 5-17.
Esther Chapter 5
Esther's application received 1-8. Haman
prepares to hang Mordecai 9-14.
Esther Chapter 6
Providence recommends Mordecai to the
king's favor 1-3. Haman's counsel honors Mordecai 4-11. Haman's
friends tell him of his danger 12-14.
Esther Chapter 7
Esther accuses Haman 1-6. Haman hanged on
his own gallows 7-10.
Esther Chapter 8
Mordecai is advanced 1,2. Esther makes
suit for the Jews 3-14. Mordecai honored, the joy of the Jews 15-17.
Esther Chapter 9
success of the Jews 1-19. The feast of Purim in remembrance of this
Esther Chapter 10
Greatness of Ahasuerus-Mordecai's
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