A-Z: Books of the Bible: Esther


OT History (former prophets)


Story (possibly an historical novel) set in the post-exilic Persian period, about a plot to commit genocide against the Jewish nation. A young Jewish girl, Esther becomes the queen of the king Ahasuerus and helps thwart the plot. The story illustrates the overruling providence of God and explains the origin of the Jewish feast of Purim.

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