There have only been two books in the Bible thus far named after women: Ruth, which was several books ago, and Esther, which I just finished.  Given the relatively pleasant vibes of Ruth, and the tameness of Ezra and Nehemiah leading into this book, I expected Esther to be more of the same.  At 10 chapters it’s a short book too, and all of the short books so far have been tame ones.  So it was a bit of a surprise to find that the book of Esther gives us quite an unequivocal break to this trend.

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