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The book of Esther has been preserved in ancient texts that diverge greatly from each other; as a result, Jews and Protestants usually read a version which is shorter than that of most Catholic or Orthodox Bibles. Jon Levenson capably guides readers through both versions, demonstrating their coherence and their differences.

The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 164
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 X 0.37 (inches)
ISBN: 0664228879
ISBN-13: 9780664228873
Series: Old Testament Library

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The book of Esther has been preserved in ancient texts that diverge greatly from each other; as a result, Jews and Protestants usually read a version which is shorter than that of most Catholic or Orthodox Bibles. Jon Levenson capably guides readers through both versions, demonstrating their coherence and their differences.

The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.

Author Bio

Jon D. Levenson is Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of many books, including Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life and (with Kevin J. Madigan).

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  1. Jimmy Reagan
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    The Best Critical Commentary on Esther!
    September 7, 2017
    Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
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    Jon Levenson has written in the Old Testament Library (OTL) series one of the very best commentaries available from the critical camp on the exciting Book of Esther. As a conservative reviewer, any critical commentary on Esther grates on my nerves more than usual because of critical scholars disdain for Esthers history, but if you are like me and want at least one of the better critical commentaries in your library on every book of the Bible, you should probably consider this one.

    Theres no doubt that Mr. Levenson writes with skill. When he says in the first paragraph, it is also a tale of the ascent of an orphan in exile to the rank of the most powerful woman and perhaps even the most powerful person in the Empire and, arguably, the world, his writing prowess becomes clear.

    He begins his discussion in the Introduction on the plot of the Book of Esther. I thought his comment that theres more narration than quoted speech as compared to similar biblical stories as perceptive. He gives a great overview of the plot. Next, he tackles structure and style and after surveying various scholarly opinions, he gives an outstanding visual representation of his thought of the structure of the Book of Esther. I cant follow him in all his thoughts about the messages of the book of Esther, but he does give much food for thought. I totally disagree with his discussion of historicity. He gives a fine summary of the textual history of the book of Esther, though he could be disagreed with at points.

    Though it has some of the same critical conclusions as the Introduction, the commentary proper is illuminating and thought-provoking. Lets just say that he provides what Im looking for in this type of commentary. You might want to check it out.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.

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