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Esther, Book of
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The Book of Esther, whose canonicity was long contested, was one of the last writings among the five Megilloth to be taken up into the Kethubim (writings) of the Palestinian canon. Telling the story of the origin of the Feast of Purim (pur = “lot”), the book is a Jewish variation on the novel of antiquity (cf. Judith in the Apocrypha). In content it validates the Jewish diaspora as a guarantee of the Persian Empire.

Esther, the ward of Mordecai, who had been deported (in 598 b.c., on one reading of Esth. 2:6), comes with other virgins (her origins are unknown) to the court of Ahasuerus, or Xerxes …

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Hanhart, Robert, “Esther, Book of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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