Epistles of Thomas

December 20, 2009

Esther 7-10

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 18:02
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At the second banquet Esther announced that Haman had plotted to destroy her people and Xerxes was furious. He ordered that Haman be impaled on the pole he had prepared for Mordecai. Xerxes seemingly could not retract the law allowing persecution of the Jews but he did proclaim that they would be allowed to defend themselves. This decision was very beneficial to the Jews and “many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them” (8:17). Furthermore, “all the nobles of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and the king’s administrators helped the Jews, because fear of Mordecai had seized them” (9:3). In the ensuing bloodbath the Jews killed 800 men in Susa and 75,000 across the empire. These events are the foundation for Purim which is celebrated on the 14th and 15th of Adar. Many have been puzzled as to why the name YHWH is not mentioned in Esther. Perhaps he did not want to be associated with this bloodshed, regardless of the fact it was not done in order to steal the wealth of their enemies.

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