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Queen Esther

The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther by Yoram Hazony. The Book of Esther contains intrigue, heroism, and power politics, but no mention of God. What is such a book doing in the Bible? Israeli political theorist Hazony says the story, in truth, is about the politics of a Jewish nation newly in exile.

Esther in Medieval Garb by Barry Dov Walfish. Jewish Interpretation of the Book of Esther in the Middle Ages.

Feminist Companion to Esther, Judith and Susanna edited by Athalya Brenner.

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Megillah

The Five Scrolls edited by John F. Thornton. The Song of Songs, The Book of Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and The Book of Esther, published together for the first time in a trade edition and ordered according to their use in services during the year.

Purim & Other Holidays

The Purim Reader: The Holiday of Purim Explored by Rav DovBer Pinson. With a Persian name, a costuming dress code and a woman as the heroine, Purim is unusual amongst Jewish holidays. This book offers a glimpse into the unknown world of Purim, uncovering the mysteries.

Jewish Holidays by Michael Strassfeld. A comprehensive guide to the yearly festival cycle, suitable for both observant Jews and novices.

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History of Iranian Jews

In Queen Esther's Garden: An Anthology of Judeo-Persian Literature translated by Vera Basch Moreen. The first representative collection of Judeo-Persian texts translated into English. The translator has annotated all selections, explaining their history, context, and meaning.

Purim and the Persian Empire by Yehuda Landy. History, archaeology, and geography intersect with anaccount of the people, places, and cultures preceding and during the Purim story. Includes full-color photos and Megillas Esther in Hebrew and English.

Esther's Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews by Houman Sarshar. A comprehensive history of the Jews of Iran -- from their earliest documented settlement in that land in 722 B.C.E. through the end of the 20th century. Illustrated in color. Out of print, but sometimes available via Amazon.

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Novels About Queen Esther

The Gilded Chamber by Rebecca Kohn. Retelling of the Biblical book of Esther from Queen Esther's point of view.

Esther by Norah Lofts. Fictional account of Queen Esther by a bestselling historical novelist. Out of print, but available at Alibris.

Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by Ginger Garrett. Christian fiction.

Hadassah: One Night With the King by Tommy Tenney, Mark Andrew Olsen. Christian romance novel based on the Biblical account of the Jewish peasant girl who became queen of Persia.

A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther by Joan Wolf. King Xerxes is a powerful but lonely man. Esther's beauty catches his eye, but her spirit captures his heart. (Christian fiction.)

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Children's Books About Esther

The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale retold by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Jill Weber. Queen Esther's cunning and courage save many lives. For children ages 4 to 8.

Esther's Story by Diane Wolkstein, illustrated by Juan Wijngaard. A picture book that honors Esther, whose courage and wisdom are celebrated the world over during the joyous feast of Purim. For ages 7 and up.

The Story of Queen Esther by Jenny Koralek, illustrated by Griselda Holderness. Retelling of the story of the Jewish girl who became the queen of Persia and saved her people from death. Her bravery is commemorated each year in the festival of Purim. For children ages 9 to 12.

Queen Esther Helps God's People by Kelly Pulley. For children ages 4 to 8. (Christian fiction.)

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Documentaries & Movies

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The Bible: Esther. A 2000 movie starring Louise Lombard as Queen Esther. F. Murray Abraham plays Mordecai.

Esther and the King. A 1960 movie starring Joan Collins and Richard Egan.

People of the Book: Esther, Queen of Persia. A 1993 documentary (Christian).

One Night With the King. A 2006 movie starring Tiffany Dupont as Queen Esther. (Christian.)

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