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1 Jun 1999 NIV Application Commentary
Esther, which is part of the NIV Application Commentary Series, helps readers learn how the message of Esther can have the same powerful impact today that it did when it was first written.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (1 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310206723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310206729
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This biblical narrative tells today's Christians about God without actually mentioning him..

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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful resource 19 Jan 2009
By Chaz
Esther's a challenging mention of God, lots about the Jews, characters who aren't quite as straight forward as we'd like. If you're reading Esther out of interest's sake and want to go deeper into the text, or you're teaching on Esther, then this is a worthwhile resource to have.

Karen Jobes doesn't mess about with creating solutions to the puzzles of the text with fanciful notions of piety or simply baddies and goodies. Rather she responsibly handles the text and draws out the various themes running through the book in a very readable way, with the usual series application sections. The introduction is particularly good. But as with any commentary, don't just assume what she says is right - think about it!

Definitely worth having and should prove useful for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful book 15 May 2011
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The Book of Esther is one that I know little about. Feeling that I should refer to it from time to time in sermons, I purchased this commentary and thought I would "dip" into it from time to time. Instead I began to read it properly and felt it was providing a really good read! The story of Esther is fascinating anyway but the author has made it seem so relevant to today's world. As a result, I am preparing a series of sermons all about Esther.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Outstanding!! 12 Mar 2011
By A. Rowe
This Commentary deserves more than five stars. Karen Jobes obviously knows and loves her subject very well indeed. I spent a year studying this Commentary (and a few others) on the Book of Esther for an in-depth sermon series, and appreciated Jobes' insights and familiarity with her matertial. I was blessed, and am grateful for what I learned from this Commentary. The NIV Application Bible format is also excellent. If you want a Commentary on the Book of Esther, buy this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the NIVAC Series 2 Sep 2010
By TimBall
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Recommendations always depend on what criteria you are using.
For me, wanting an introductory - intermediate level commentary, of conservative evangelical perspective, for devotional use, this is spot on.
Very readable narrative style, a reasonable ammount of background, doesn't get bogged down in polemics with critical reviewers.
Well worthy of five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INDISPENSABLE 23 Jan 2001
By Joseph W. Smith III - Published on
While preparing to teach an adult Sunday school class on Esther, I bought this book sight-unseen through Amazon (though I had a notion it would be worthwhile, since the publisher is Zondervan and the author went to Westminster Theological Seminary). Now that my study on Esther is finished, I can't think of another tool I relied on more heavily than this one (except for the Bible, of course!); I sometimes felt that I should just stop teaching and buy every person in my class a copy of Jobes's excellent book.
It's extremely well-informed, marshaling a vast assortment of scholarly material from other writers; yet it's also quite contemporary, with extended passages applying the text to modern-day life. Best of all, it's level-headed and perceptive; she really wants to understand the book, and thus brings no particular preconceptions about how this or that event should be interpreted.
One thing I learned in my teaching is that Esther is one of the most cryptic books in the Bible, with many thorny issues about which the Biblical writer himself does not care to editorialize. Jobes brings a refreshingly open-minded approach to these issues, and really makes you think, think, think. Yet she never veers from her obvious conviction that this is the infallible word of God. It's quite exhilarating! I kept reading huge chunks of her analysis aloud in class. One of these days I'll track her down and write a letter expressing my gratitude.
If you're a fan of Esther, and especially if you plan to teach or preach on the book, YOU NEED Jobes's terrific analysis. I found it indispensable.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate commentary! 25 Mar 2008
By Matthew L. Bridges - Published on
Dr. Jobes' volume on Esther is my favorite in the Old Testament NIVAC series. I completely disagree with the "Not a good commentary" reviewer below, especially the remarks suggesting Dr. Jobes casually dismisses biblical and historical evidence (her dissertation was on the relationship of the LXX Alpha-text of Esther to the MT).

On the contrary, I found the commentary to be loaded with historical and cultural information that is indispensible to a proper understanding of the text as the original audience would have understood it. Also, as another reviewer has already mentioned, Dr. Jobes really makes you think. I particularly enjoyed her discussions on Divine Providence.

The only criticism I have to offer would be that her handling of eschatological topics is very "Reformed", where my preference is for "Progressive Dispensationalism." I wouldn't suggest you not purchase the book because of that though.

All in all, this is a fantastic commentary from a first-rate scholar!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging from Intro to End 18 Aug 2008
By J. Doi - Published on
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Well done. Jobes places us in the Persian palace helping us to understand the strange surroundings. She is forthright in her presentation of the facts and situations, even though the author of Esther is spare with details and explanations.

Jobes cautions the reader not to be hasty in making 21st century moralistic conclusions about Esther and friends, something that I have noticed other commentaries on Esther do not shy away from. She highlights things in the story of Esther that the casual reader as well as other commentators overlook: the reversals of destinies, the fascinating chiastic structure of the book, and relationships between men and women.

Jobes easily and naturally invites you to see the providence of God in a book where His name is not mentioned. And she makes the exciting story of Esther even more so as we see it related to the completed story of salvation.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Esther Commentary 25 May 2012
By John Murphy - Published on
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This is the best Esther commentary for preaching/teaching hands down. I'm not sure which commentary the 2 and 1 star raters were reading, but it wasn't what I was reading. Dr. Jobes is clear and careful and absolutely fantastic following the thematic/narrative structure of Esther while paying close attention to the author's intent in constructing the book as he (or she) did-which is crucial to understanding the book. If you buy it and read it you won't be sorry.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A substantive exposition 12 Aug 2010
By Robert G. Leroe - Published on
Scholarly commentaries appeal to intellectuals, whereas the NIV Application series enables Pastors and Bible teachers to understand the text and relate it to real people. This volume is one of the best of the series. It explains the unusual story of Esther and why this story matters today. Karen Jobes helps us see that the main character is One who is never mentioned by name--God, who is working behind the scenes, causing His providential plan to work out through His people. I thought this commentary was clear, thorough, and very helpful. I wasn't looking for an analysis of the original Hebrew, because I was preparing sermons, not a new translation of the OT. This is one OT book you don't see a lot written about, which makes this commentary all the more valuable.
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