About the Book of Esther

The book of Esther was written after the king of Babylon had taken the Israelites away from Judah as prisoners. He took them to Babylon. That happened in the year 600 BC. The book tells us what happened when King Xerxes I ruled Persia, a country near Babylon. He ruled from 485-465 BC.
We do not know who wrote the book. The writer may have been alive when these things happened. Some parts of the book tell us about people who lived at the king's palace.
The Book of Esther does not use the word ‘God’ at all. It shows us how God was working at that time. He kept his people, the Jews, safe when they were in danger. It shows us that:

  • God listens to our prayers.
  • He has the power to make things happen as he wants them to.
  • He loves his own people and he keeps them safe.
  • He has a purpose for his people. See Esther 4:14.