Old Testament Overviews
What is the book of Esther about in the Bible? Watch as we explain its major themes and gain a deeper understanding of its place in the biblical story.

In the book of Esther, God is never mentioned, but his providence is everywhere.

The author of Esther made a fascinating choice to not explicitly mention God in the story, but if you're paying attention, the threads of his divine work are all over the place. The book brilliantly features moments of “coincidences” and “happenstance” save the Jewish people from Haman’s plot to destroy them.

This story is a reminder that even when God seems absent, he does not abandon his people. He works in our lives and stays faithful to his promises even when we are living in the midst of exile.

Living in Exile

A classic story of good versus evil, the book of Esther is a unique account in the Bible. It gives us a glimpse of the Jewish people who remained outside their homeland after the exile, particularly those living in the Persian Empire.

God uses Esther and her uncle, Mordecai, two exiled Israelites, to rescue his people from annihilation. It’s a story of triumph and is still celebrated by Jewish people every year on the holiday of Purim.

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