Category Archives: Purim

Question: How are the main people in the book of Esther also thematically tied to other people in the Bible?

“I heard a reference to Queen Vashti possibly being a Levite in one of your lessons, and would like to know if you have spoken on that more in other lessons on the Hallel Fellowship site, or if you could provide me with a reference.” —Anna C.

Daniel AgeeThe book of Esther presents multiple characters throughout the storyline that may have a more significant purpose than it first appears. In my view, Queen Vashti is an example of such a character.There are numerous keys throughout the Bible that allow students to “unlock” identities and spiritual meanings of certain events and people we read about. My preferred tools for unlocking information are thematic ties and chiastic structures.

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Messianic symbols, message in the Book of Esther

Daniel AgeeMany wonder why the Book of Esther is in the Bible, because the name of God is not mentioned in it. Yet actually, God is mentioned throughout the account. The main people in the book also are symbols for God, God’s Messiah, Israel and the Adversary, aka haSatan.

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Structure of the Book of Esther points to messianic prophecy

Purim 2011 - court of King Xerxes
King Akhashverosh (center) with Mordecai (to his left), Haman (to the king's right) and attendants

Many passages in the Bible were written with a chiastic structure, which is like rhyming patterns in poetry but pairing similar information or concepts instead. That’s one reason why some passages seem to be highly repetitive. The point of chiastic structures is to point the reader to a key concept. Daniel explains that the Book of Esther is one large chiastic structure, focusing on a messianic prophecy in the middle.

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Purim — God loads the purim for His glory

One common smear against God in recent times is that He is “an absentee landlord” or “a blind watchmaker” Who may have set everything in motion but now doesn’t care or doesn’t get involved. Many then blame Him for the evil and suffering that goes on in the world, particularly to those who it appears to us don’t deserve it, such as a dying family member or a starving child.

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Purim — an interactive condensed drama from the book of Esther

Haman tries to convince Akhashverosh (Xerxes) to honor him.
Haman tries to convince king Akhashverosh (Xerxes) to honor him, setting up the confrontation with the Jews that leads to the miraculous deliverance of Purim.

Hallel Fellowship celebrated Purim with a fun take on the deadly serious account of the thwarted genocide of the Yehudim (Jews) living in exile in Persia in the fifth century B.C.E.

To follow along with the recorded drama, download Tammy’s condensation of the book of Esther for six readers (PDF) and many more actors of all ages.

The Script

PDF Download the book of Esther script in PDF format (152KB)

Readers

Narrator: Jeff. King: John. Haman: Susan. Supporting characters (Memukhan, Zeresh, servants, etc.): Carmel. Esther: Rose. Mordecai: Bill K.

Actors

King: Joshua. Mordecai: William. Haman: Daniel. Vashti: Annemarie. Esther: Jordan. Zeresh: Tara. Court attendants: Isaac, Jacq, Sunny.

Themes in the book of Esther and Purim

Jeff offers a brief overview of the significance of Purim for believers in Messiah Yeshua.