The book of Esther is the last book in the ‘Historical’ section of the Bible. The events of this book take place in Persia. At the time, the Persian Empire was the biggest empire in the world. It covered Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel. It also covered parts of Egypt, Sudan, Libya and Arabia. It was Huge!
Esther’s story takes place around the year 483BC. Over 100 years had passed since the Jews were exiled from their land by the Babylonians. Although, some Jews had now returned to Israel with Ezra, and rebuilt Solomon’s temple, many had not. There was still a Jewish community living in the city of Susa.
The main characters in the book of Esther are King Ahasuerus, commonly known as King Xerxes, Haman, Mordecai, and – of course – Esther.
It’s an exciting book of the Bible, but also one of the most curious, as it never mentions God! How can a story of the Bible never mention God and yet, still point us to Jesus?
Let’s find out together as we read and study the book of Esther day by day.