Book of Esther

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Queen Esther, the king, and Haman together at a banquet the queen has prepared.
"If it pleases the king...let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him." (Esther 5:4, NIV)

Esther is the name of a book in the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) and the Old Testament, and also its title heroine. It is the basis for the Jewish celebration Purim.

Author and Date

Although it is never said who wrote the book of Esther, from inside evidence it is possible to make some guesses about the author and when it was written.[1] The author was a Jew, because he emphasizes where the Jewish festival came from and from the Jewish nationalism inside the story. The author probably lived in a Persian city, because he knew Persian customs well, and does not say anything about the land of Judah or Jerusalem. The earliest date of the book would be a little while after the events were told, for instance, about 460 B.C.[1] (before Ezra's return to Jerusalem). It is also thought that the festival of Purim had been celebrated some time before this book was written.[1]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Ester (Bybel)
العربية: سفر أستير
беларуская: Кніга Эсфір
български: Книга Естир
Boarisch: Ester (Buach)
brezhoneg: Levr Ester
čeština: Kniha Ester
dansk: Esters Bog
Deutsch: Buch Ester
español: Libro de Ester
Esperanto: Libro de Ester
فارسی: کتاب استر
føroyskt: Esterarbók
français: Livre d'Esther
Gàidhlig: Ester
गोंयची कोंकणी / Gõychi Konknni: एस्थेर आचें पुस्तक
한국어: 에스델기
հայերեն: Եսթեր (գիրք)
hrvatski: Estera (knjiga)
Bahasa Indonesia: Kitab Ester
interlingua: Libro de Ester
isiZulu: Esteri
italiano: Libro di Ester
Basa Jawa: Kitab Ester
Kiswahili: Kitabu cha Esta
Latina: Liber Esther
latviešu: Esteres grāmata
lietuvių: Esteros knyga
Malagasy: Bokin'i Estera
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Ī-sê̤ṳ-táik-cṳ̆
Nederlands: Ester (boek)
日本語: エステル記
norsk: Esters bok
occitan: Libe d'Estèr
português: Livro de Ester
română: Estera (carte)
русский: Книга Есфирь
Gagana Samoa: O le tusi ia Eseta
slovenčina: Kniha Ester
slovenščina: Esterina knjiga
српски / srpski: Књига о Јестири
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Estera (knjiga)
svenska: Esters bok
Türkçe: Ester kitabı
українська: Книга Естери
vepsän kel’: Esfirin kirj
ייִדיש: מגילת אסתר
粵語: 以斯帖記
中文: 以斯帖記
Lingua Franca Nova: Libro de Ester