Bible Messages

The Message of Esther

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The Book of Esther is one of the most important books in the Bible. While Esther is commonly considered during the season of Purim, the specific concepts it communicates often go under-appreciated. Esther is much, much more than just cheering when the name “Mordecai” is mentioned or booing to “Haman” when the story is shared in the congregation, or dressing up and participating in a play. Esther gives us a snapshot of the Diaspora Jewish community following the fall of the Babylonian Empire, the complexities of the Jews having to live under Persian […]

Anti-Semitism

Purim, Haman, and Anti-Semitism

9 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the March 2017 issue of Outreach Israel News This month the worldwide Jewish community will be commemorating the Festival of Lots or Purim. As many of us know, Purim is a time when the account of the Book of Esther is read, there is typically some kind of congregational play where young people dress up as Biblical characters, and there is a great deal of food. Purim is a calendrical reminder that one month later, we will be remembering the Passover. There are many important themes of Purim, as witnessed in the Book of Esther, which force us […]

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 […]

Esther

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 […]