The place: Persia. The time: fifth–century BC. The Jews were threatened with genocide. A decree ordered the extermination of young and old, women and children. The book of Esther describes how this crisis was averted through the bravery of Esther, the wisdom of Mordecai, and the unity of the Jewish people. It also reveals the God who quietly—and sometimes unexpectedly—works behind the scenes to order the events of our lives.
Debra Reid is Director of Open Learning at Spurgeon’s College, London. She is the author of Ruth and Esther and Psalms 73-150 in the Crossway Bible Guides, a contributor to several reference works, and has been involved int eh publication of a variety of Bible editions and new translations.