This handbook in the Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible series provides students of Hebrew with the translation of Esther paired with an exhaustive word by word morphological analysis of the text. Through careful syntactic and textual investigation, Holmstedt and Screnock bring to life one of the most loved biblical books. Esther enables a linguistic understanding of the Old Testament Hebrew text through solid contextual interpretation.
Robert D. Holmstedt is Assistant Professor in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto, where he teaches ancient Hebrew and Northwest Semitic languages.
Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Esther Becomes Queen of Persia (1:1a2:23) Episode 1aVashtias Downfall (1:1-22) 1: The Kingas Banquet (1:1-9) 2: Vashtias Removal (1:10-22) Episode 2aEsther is Chosen as Queen (2:1-23) 1: Ahashverosh Seeks a Replacement for Vashti (2:1-4) 2: Esther Wins the Kingas Favor (2:5-20) 3: Mordecai Saves the King (2:21-23) Part II: Haman and Mordecai in Conflict (3:1a7:10) Episode 1aThe Rise of Haman (3:1-15) 1: Hamanas Rage against Mordecai and the Jews (3:1-7) 2: Hamanas Plot (3:8-15) Episode 2aMordecaias Response (4:1-17) 1: Mordecai and the Jews Lament Hamanas Plot (4:1-3) 2: Mordecai Convinces Esther to Intercede (4:4-17) Episode 3aEstheras Plan (5:1-8) 1: Esther Invites the King and Haman to a Banquet (5:1-4) 2: Esther Issues a Second Invitation (5:5-8) Episode 4aHamanas Plan Implodes (5:9a6:14) 1: Hamanas Hubris (5:9-14) 2: Mordecaias Fortunes Reversed (6:1-10) 3: The Rise of Mordecai (6:11-14) Episode 5aThe End of Haman (7:1-10) 1: Estheras Banquet (7:1-8) 2: Hamanas Death (7:9-10) Part III: The Jews and the Peoples in Conflict (8:1a9:32) Episode 1aA Plan to Save the Jews (8:1-17) 1: The King Empowers Mordecai and Esther (8:1-8) 2: The Conter-edict Is Issued (8:9-17) Episode 2aThe Jews Prevail (9:1-19) 1: The First Day of Fighting (9:1-10) 2: The Second Day of Fighting (9:11-19) Episode 3aThe Jewsa Victory Commemorated and Reprised (9:20-32) 1: Mordecai Establishes the Festival (9:20-25) 2: The Festival and Lots (Purim) (9:26-28) 3: Esther and Mordecai Confirm the Festival (9:29-32) Part IV: Epilogue (10:1-3) Appendix A: Numeral Syntax in Esther Appendix B: Bergeyas Features for Diachronic Analysis Appendix C: Glossary of Linguistic Issues Bibliography Index of Linguistic Issues