The events of the Book of Esther, which take place at the winter residence of the Persian emperor, centre round a Jewish heroine named Esther, who by her great courage and devotion to her people saved them from being exterminated by their enemies. The book explains the background and meaning of the Jewish festival of Purim.
Outline of Contents
Esther becomes queen 1.1—2.23
Haman's plots 3.1—5.14
Haman is put to death 6.1—7.10
The Jews defeat their enemies 8.1—10.3