Esther is a story about a young girl who becomes queen. Laniak's thoughtful commentary examines this narrative as a story with many levels of meaning. Esther is about the minority Jewish community in the dependent state of Diaspora, navigating a precarious existence in two worlds, and it is about the triumph of right over wrong, of God's people over their enemies.
“This is a fine textbook for study of three frequently overlooked biblical books.” The Bible Today
"Three books, two commentators, but one approach, and the right one at that. Although both Allen and Laniak give attention to the historical setting of these post-exilic books, they rightly concentrate their effort on unfolding the intricacies of the literary narrative, since it is here that authority for belief and practice as well as material for preaching lies. With the right balance between overall thematic exposition and detailed notes, their commentary should serve both pastors and students well in opening up these neglected and frequently misunderstood books." —H. G. M. Williamson, Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford
Leslie C. Allen is Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has written many books including commentaries on Ezekiel, 1 and 2 Chronicles, and Psalms.
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