Re: Why No Esther in the Dead Sea Scrolls?
I'm no expert but this is probably wrong. The Book of Esther contains plenty of Persian loan-words which probably dates it to earlier than the first century. Heck, the word "Purim" that the holiday is named after is a Persian word for "lottery".
Originally Posted by Nobunaga
I'd say any of 1,2, or 3 are all equally plausible.
Also, I think, incorrect. The value of Esther in Rabbinic Judaism is that it's all about Jewish survival in a post-temple and post-land of Israel period. Where God's presence is hidden, yet His hand is present in history.
like the first century Rabbis, put less importance in a book that never mentions [God]
As for Me, this is My covenant with them," says the LORD: "My Spirit who is on you, and My words that I have put in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouth of your children, or from the mouth of your children's children, from now on and forever," says the LORD.