The events of The book of Esther which take place at the winter residence of the Persian emperor, center around 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)
This book tells the story of a Jewish woman who became the queen of Persia and was able to use her position to expose a plot to destroy the Jewish people. However, through clever strategy, the Jews were able to defeat and destroy their enemies instead. The annual celebration of this victory is the Jewish festival of Purim.