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Esther In The Book Of The Old Testament

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In relation to the other canonical books of the Old Testament, the book of Esther of the Hebrew version contains unique theological figure, which involves the removal of the name of God and the direct absences of various important religious elements essential to a Jewish or Hebrew religious writings. The book of Esther is never referred to either in the New Testament nor the Dead Sea Scrolls, neither did the early church fathers rarely even referred to it in their writings. The book of Esther seems to be “anthropocentric,” and other than fasting there does not seem to any references or any implied points to the religious perspectives on God, Law, covenants and many other important themes that play central role in the Bible as a whole. Due to the lack or deliberate omission of God and various other religious references from the book, scholars have approached and viewed the book as doubtful and question the validity and the canonicity of the book. The book is supposed to contain some theological references and objectives therefore the book is understood by Biblical scholars in light of the commencement of the festival of Purim. Biblical scholars have approached the book with hesitance and have not given a clear and concise understanding on the much neglected and misunderstood theology of the book of Esther. Biblical scholars throughout the ages have regarded the book of Esther as questionable in moral, religious, ethical and cultural values.
Different approaches are required in order to get to the theology of the book. Unreserved evidences from the text itself provide the clear set of evidence that God is in fact behind the scenes preserving and sheltering His people. Several other definite items such as literary structure, writi...

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...tector, guardian and saviour. The absence of the name of God’s name and the non-religious character of the book daunts many scholars in collaborating theological connection of the text with the rest of the Old Testament books. The absence of God’s name from the text should not raise a question on the authenticity of the text’s canonicity. Even though early Jewish scholars, Christian church fathers and various Biblical and theological scholars have questioned the validity of the book it still creates dilemma for the contemporary scholars. The theological though expressed in the book is compatible with the rest of the Old Testament teachings. The canonicity given to the book of Esther presents a status that it is the Word of God and that Esther therefore is a writing which has its own theological framework which requires different approaches and in-depth study on it.
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