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Esther (The NIV Application Commentary) Hardcover – June 7, 1999
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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.
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!
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.
I was very satisfied. It is indeed, a great commentary, and will hang onto it, if I preach my own series someday (I'm a Pastor) on Esther, I will find this book on my desk as I prep my sermons every week.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointed. The author points out the shortcomings of many other authors who have written on Esther and yet she herself seems to employ the same shortcomings. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeffery D. Goodwin
I found this commentary helpful toward equipping me to understand and apply what the Holy Spirit teaches in Esther. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brian R. Neradt
Jobes' commentary on Esther is extremely helpful for preaching and teaching. The NIV Application Commentary method is very effective since it always ends with contemporary... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eric J. Moffett
Just finished teaching a class on Ruth and Esther. I believe this is the BEST Esther commentary I have read/used. And appreciate a woman's perspective on Esther. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Hoopster
Dr. Jobes has written one of the best Bible commentaries I have ever read. It is clear, concise, and is a great tool to take your study on Esther to the next level. Read morePublished on August 20, 2014 by RM