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]
"For a small moment have I forsaken you, and with great mercy will I gather you.With a little wrath did I hide My countenance for a moment from you, and with everlasting kindness will I have compassion on you," said your Redeemer, the Lord."..."For the mountains shall depart and the hills totter, but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace totter," says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.