Esther This biblical narrative tells today s Christians about God without actually mentioning him

  • Title: Esther
  • Author: Karen H. Jobes David Weston Baker Bill T. Arnold
  • ISBN: 0025986206727
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This biblical narrative tells today s Christians about God without actually mentioning him.

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    1. The NIVAC commentary series has successfully found a niche as a resource to pick up after you’ve studied the major exegetical commentaries and now need to think about application and contemporary significance. This commentary on Esther by Karen Jobes fulfills the aims of the series effectively.In the Introduction the author begins with a somewhat subversive illustration to turn our minds toward the subject of the Book of Esther, but becomes much more helpful when she discusses the Book of Esth [...]

    2. Excellent Commentary. It seemed to have the right balance of interpretation and application, and answered the questions that I had on the text. I am glad that I used it in conjunction with a few other commentaries, including the Tyndale OT Commentary on Esther, as the Tyndale Commentary had a comprehensive introduction section and an appendix that included the additional text used in the Septuagint and Apocrypha. However, this quickly became my main reference work.

    3. Commentaries can't always be described as fun to read, but I really did have fun reading this one. Jobes did her Ph.D. research on the Greek text of Esther, so she obviously really knows what she's talking about, but she's also managed to add humourous insights and helpful comments to make an often neglected text very interesting and relevant.

    4. Excellent book. Jobes pays close attention to structure and literary elements in Esther. At times she seems to be talking down to the reader, but I think her genuine effort is accessibility.Discussion topics include: Esther or Mordecai the main character?; the morally ambiguous conduct of the Mordecai and Esther (like Esther's pleasing the king so much one night that he chooses her queen); the reality and extent of providence; the lack of any mention of God or prayer in the book; the reversal of [...]

    5. This is the best commentary on Esther that I have personally read!I recently preached through the book. I utilized several commentaries on Esther, but none was more helpful to me than Karen Jobes fine work. The book is the perfect combination of textual analysis, historical context, and modern application. If you are looking for a hyper-technical work, this isn't it. That isn't to say that Jobes doesn't deal with textual issues from a solidly academic perspective; she does! I recommend this book [...]

    6. Straightforward and helpful commentary. Definitely useful in preparation for preaching through Esther. The format of this commentary series (always bridging to 'contemporary' life) is often forced and repetitive, but I found that to be less of an issue in this book.

    7. This is a really solid commentary that I would recommend for content, though I idn't find it to be that enjoyable to read. I think that is because of the NIVAC series and the structure that it is written in.

    8. A wonderful commentary full of practical application and incisive theology. One of the best practical commentaries I have ever read on any book of the Bible.

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