The book of Esther helps the believer live in the secular world where power, racism, and sexism crush any hope of freedom and liberation. How do we outlive oppression? How can we refuse the unacceptable without being immediately rejected? Confronted by the genocide of their people, Esther and Mordecai stayed lucid; in faith and with courage and integrity, they used the opportunities God laid before them. This commentary analyses each chapter in the light of the whole book. Esther’s strategy to undo the irrevocable deadly decree is carefully analysed and will stimulate our wisdom. The wise know the difference between patience and passivity, diligence and precipitation, controlled temperament and explosive contestation. With skill, Esther uses her charm and femininity to master an irresponsible king
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Dr Daniel Arnold has taught over thirty years at Emmaüs Bible Institute in Switzerland. He is fascinated with Biblical narratives and has published seven Bible Commentaries in French (Judges, Ruth, Elijah, Elisha, Esther, Jonah, and Mark). His reference work on Ethics was offered by SIM to eighteen thousand pastors in French speaking Africa. His commentaries on Jonah, Elijha, Elisha, and now on Esther are available in English. Daniel Arnold is Swiss. He earned university degrees in Economics and Education in Switzerland, a M.Div. at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, in Portland, Oregon, and a PhD at the South African Theological Seminary in Johannesburg. Recently retired he continues to lecture extensively in Switzerland, France and French speaking Africa (Congo, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso). He is married to Jeannie an American citizen. They have three adult children and three grand-children. Dr Arnold is working presently on a commentary in French on the book of Daniel. His doctoral thesis written in English will be published shortly: “The Book of Daniel: When Structures Enlighten Prophecy. A Study of Parallelisms and Progressions as Means of Communication.”
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