The Hebrew Bible never gives us paragons, flawless humans that we are called to emulate. Instead, all biblical heroes are deepened by tragic flaws, blemishes that remind us that even imperfect people can do great things and inspire great things in others. Esther is one of the greatest women of the Hebrew Bible, after all: she saved the Jews! But does she make all the right choices? As we close up our look at the book of Esther, we look at a decision that Esther made that seems to prolong the violence. If that really what this passage says? If so, would this make her less of a heroic figure? Perhaps, but perhaps not. We will also look at the human cost of Haman’s stupidity and a bit on when Purim is celebrated today.
If you are just joining us, you probably want to catch up on Esther’s story before proceeding:
- Part 1: Esther becomes Queen of Persia while Haman conspires against the Jews
- Part 2: Esther risks her life to intercede for the Jews
- Part 3: The war against the Jews begins and Haman is killed
So how did Esther prolong the violence? And did she? Read on for the conclusion of the story of Esther.