King Ashauerus may have been the envy of the world with a kingdom able to withstand a 187-day party. All must have been well with no more nations to conquer and all the citizenry content to be his subjects. It is during one of these party nights that he summons his queen by sending seven eunuchs to fetch her in order that she may exhibit her beauty while wearing his or her favorite crown. We are not provided the reason why a king would want his queen to display her national treasures to a group of drunken politicians but there had to be some initiative to get the story going. Queen Vashti, who is having her own party with the women, decides she has no desire to leave her guests. Bechtel makes a point to have us to consider that the excess may very well be perceived as abundance. However, as soon as the author employs seven eunuchs sent for one person, we know that excess is the rule rather than the exception.
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...ngs in the palace, the Kings signet ring and written edicts exemplifying power, feasting and more feasting. However, it is the Feast of the Purim that symbolizes the purpose of the story. Ironic that the story opens with feasting of the Persians for reasons unknown and close with the Jews feasting celebrating their rescue from annihilation. The plot works with or without a theological inference.
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Moore, Carey A. Esther. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company Inc. 1971. Print
Harrelson, Walter J. General Editor. The New Interpreters Study Bible. Nashville TN: Abington Press, 2003. Print.
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