Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Title

Writer and Date

Canonicity

Genre

Scope

Purpose

Literary characteristics

Interpretation

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. GOD'S PREPARATIONS 1:12:20

A. Vashti Deposed ch. 1

1. The king's feast 1:1-9

2. The queen's dismissal 1:10-22

B. Esther Elevated 2:1-20

1. The plan to replace Vashti 2:1-4

2. Esther's selection 2:5-11

3. The choice of Esther as queen 2:12-20

II. HAMAN'S PLOT 2:214:3

A. Background Considerations 2:213:6

1. Mordecai's loyalty 2:21-23

2. Haman's promotion 3:1-6

B. Haman's Proposal 3:7-15

1. The casting of lots 3:7

2. Haman's request 3:8-9

3. The king's permission 3:10-15

C. Mordecai's Reaction 4:1-3

III. ESTHER'S INTERVENTION 4:49:19

A. Mordecai's Instruction 4:4-17

B. The Plot Exposed chs. 5-7

1. Esther's preparations ch. 5

The first banquet 5:1-8

Haman's reaction 5:9-14

2. Mordecai's exaltation ch. 6

Ahasuerus' insomnia 6:1-3

Haman's recommendation 6:4-10

Haman's humiliation 6:11-14

3. Haman's fall ch. 7

Esther's plea 7:1-6

Ahasuerus' decision 7:7-10

C. The Jews' Deliverance 8:19:19

1. The rewarding of Esther and Mordecai 8:1-2

2. Esther's request for her people 8:3-8

3. The royal decree 8:9-14

4. The joy of the Jews 8:15-17

5. The Jews' self-defense 9:1-19

IV. THE JEWS' REJOICING 9:20-32

V. MORDECAI'S GREATNESS ch. 10

Conclusion

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