Appointed Times

A Summarization of Purim Traditions

9 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The holiday of Purim is a relatively minor festival in the Tanach (Old Testament), yet it portrays a very important story that all of God’s people need to understand. Having been dispersed into Babylonian exile in 585 B.C.E., the Jewish people now find themselves under Persian rule. While many find their new Persian rulers more tolerant than the Babylonians, the Jews are still a minority and often find themselves subject to harassment and persecution. In the Book of Esther, King Ahasuerus’ (or Xerxes’) grand vizier, the evil […]


Book of Esther

25 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from A Survey of the Tanach for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 460 B.C.E. (Right, conservative-moderate); 330 B.C.E. (Left) Time period: Jews dispersed throughout the Persian Empire Author: anonymous (some Right, conservative-moderate, Left) Location of author: Persia (Right, conservative-moderate); Land of Israel after the exile (most Left) Target audience and their location: Jewish people in Persian Empire (Right, conservative-moderate); Jewish people having returned from the Babylonian Exile, probably during the time of the Maccabees (Left) Theological Summary: The Book of Esther is one of the most unique texts in the Tanach, with those who read it demonstrating a wide […]