Good Commentaries on Esther?

My wife and the other wimminfolk in our house church community are going to be reading Esther together. Jasmin asked me if I was aware of any high-caliber commentary on Esther; I reached for my mammoth Brueggemann tome Theology of the Old Testament only to find that, alas and alack, Bruggie Baby skips right over the godless book! The only thing I could think of was to commend her to Richard Elliot Friedman’s magisterial The Hidden Face of God (which deals quite deftly with why a theologian of Brueggemann’s caliber, or any person seeking to speak meaningfully about God, would omit a book like Esther from consideration), but this isn’t nearly to the point of focus on Esther itself.

And so I turn to you, my dear readers: Can you recommend me any exegesis, narrative, sacred geometry or slam poetry dealing with Esther from the Hebrew Bible? Lemme know in the comments below!

8 Responses to “Good Commentaries on Esther?”

  1. 1 kevin beck February 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Have you tried the Interpretation commentary by Carol Bechtel?

  2. 2 zoecarnate February 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Kevin,

    I haven’t! Thanks for that.

  3. 3 P. S. February 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    You live right down the road from UNC and a half hour from Duke and Chapel Hill…and you’re asking people on the internet for commentaries?

  4. 4 P. S. February 29, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Crap, down the road from NC State, whatever.

  5. 5 jasminis February 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Well sir, believe it or not, with one car and a little child, making a trip out to the local academic library isn’t always the height of feasibility! So, Mr. Judaic Studies scholar, dost thou have any recommendations? 🙂

  6. 6 P. S. February 29, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Ah, Jubie can fend for herself. 🙂

    I’ve gone through a few books on Persian Judaism, but nothing on Esther proper. Jon Levenson’s commentary (available through WJK) might be a place to look. If you do find yourself able to go to a school library, check out the Anchor Bible commentary on it.

    Unfortunately, unless you want a book on how Esther has contributed to Jewish violence, I really don’t have anything here worth borrowing. And there are certainly a large number of studies on it, though I’m not quite sure what exactly you’re looking for in all this…

  7. 7 Barbara March 1, 2008 at 5:09 am

    My wife (who has significant Bible credentials of her own) says to tell your wife that her very own favorite on Esther is the version by Veggie Tales…

  8. 8 sarsen56 April 24, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Members of the WordPress community may like to see some truly ancient sacred geometry:

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