About the Book of Esther

The Book of Esther is a book in the Old Testament. The writer wrote it in the Hebrew language. The Book of Esther belongs to the third part of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). The three parts are called the Law, the Prophets and the Writings.
The books that are in the Writings are Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther. The Jews read from one of these books during each of the important Jewish Feasts. The Jews read Esther aloud during the Feast of Purim.
The writer wrote the book after the king of Babylon had sent the Jews away from their own country. He sent them to Babylon. That happened in the year 600 BC. (BC means the years before Jesus was born.) The book tells us what happened in the time of King Xerxes I, the king of Persia (country near Babylon). He ruled from 485-465 BC.
We do not know who wrote the book. But the writer may have been alive when these things happened. There are parts of the book that tell us about life at the palace. So some students think that the writer did not write it many years after that.