March/April 2023

For Such a Time as This

Character Studies from the Book of Esther


The story of Esther revolves around four major players: King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) of Persia; Esther, a Jewish girl; Mordecai, Esther’s cousin who raised her; and Haman, the villain and chief advisor to the king. In this issue of Israel My Glory, we'll take a closer look at each one.
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Features

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From the Editor Mar/Apr 2023

Publishing is an interesting industry. We must do everything very far in advance to meet our deadlines. I’m writing this column on December 2, 2022, but you’re reading...

God & Money

The popular musical Hello Dolly! had many memorable lines; but my favorite is this one: “Money,” said Dolly Levi, “pardon the expression, is like manure...

Ahasuerus

King Solomon wrote, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He [God] turns it wherever He wishes” (Prov. 21:1)...

Mordecai

Occasionally, my second son and I dabble in the hobby of polishing rocks. With lots of time and patience, rough-hewn stones placed into a rock tumbler...

Esther

When I was a kid, watching the Miss America Pageant on TV was a big deal in our home. The competition symbolized everything we knew back then about beauty...

Haman

Villains! Where would literature, movies, or old-time radio serials be without them? From Sherlock Holmes’s Professor Moriarty to Peter Pan’s Captain Hook...


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Outline of the Book of Esther

Kings of the Persian Empire

What Happened When

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