The Message of Esther (BST) by David G. Firth

51cngmjy24l-_sx331_bo1204203200_“Pastoral and Practical”. These are the words you will be thinking when you finish “The Message of Esther” by David G. Firth, as it is one of the most well exit books on Esther that I have had the privilege of reading. This book is parts of the ever-growing series called “The Bible Speaks Today”, produced by IVP Academic.  “The Bible Speaks Today” is a thoroughly Evangelical series which serves as an introduction as well as practicality explaining the Book of Esther through a thoroughly Evangelical perspective.

In the introduction, with regard to the dating of Esther, Firth argues well for an early date, I abet briefly, against critical arguments for older dating. His arguments systematically destroy any critical arguments that have been put forth to this time. His arguments are up today and even focus on the most critical and modern viewpoints, even ones that have just recently been published.

Firth is a excellent old testament exegete specifically and when it comes to Babylonian exile history, it shines in this volume.  Firth makes sure that the reader is getting an important look into the culture of the day and its influence on the text. Through this process Firth brings about conclusions which are gold for any pastor preaching exegetically through the Book of Esther.

Through exegeting the narrative portion of Esther, demonstrates why he is one of the greatest Old Testament scholar of the modern age, which makes this introduction to the Book of Esther a must-read by pastors preaching or Layman teaching through the Book of Esther either in the Pulpit or in the Sunday School room. I highly recommend this volume as an aid in either of these circumstances.

This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

The Message of Esther (BST)

© 2010 by David G. Firth

Publisher: IVP Academic

Page Count: 140 Pages

ISBN: 978-0830824335

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