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]
Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it on the islands from afar, and say, "He Who scattered Israel will gather them together and watch them as a shepherd his flock."