Esther – fact or fantasy?

We all need to be able to relax and to laugh even when there are troubles. Purim gives us that opportunity and the Book of Esther – for all its problems – is perfect for that.

March 14, 2019 21:22
Esther – fact or fantasy?

The Shrine venerated as the tomb of Esther and Mordecai in Hamedan, Iran. (photo credit: NICK TAYLOR / WIKIPEDIA)


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The Book of Esther is the most entertaining book in the Bible – especially if you like satire and black humor. But it is also a very problematic work from many points of view.  As history, it seems to have no factual basis. The book begins like a historical chronicle – “It happened in the days of Ahasuerus....” (1:1) and later states that this story about Mordecai is “recorded in the annals of the Kings of Media and Persia.” (10:2)


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