Esther*

David Dorsey points out that the Book of Esther is a grand chiasm centred on the honouring of Mordecai by the King. He also points out that each arm of this chiasm is itself a chiasm, the first centring on Haman’s plot and the second on the foiling of the plot.

A. King’s feast (1:1-22)

B. Esther becomes queen (2:1-18)

C. King’s life is saved (2:19-23)

D. Haman’s plot (3:1-4:3)

E. Mordecai learns of Haman’s plot and asks Esther to risk her life (4:4-17)

F. Esther’s first banquet (5:1-14)

G. The King’s insomnia and Haman honours Mordecai (6:1-14)

F’. Esther’s second banquet (7:1-10)

E’. Mordecai and Esther given Haman’s estate (8:1-2)

D’. Haman’s plot foiled (8:3-17)

C’. Jews’ lives are saved (9:1-10)

B’. Esther gains second day of deliverance for the Jews (9:11-19)

A’. Jews’ feast of Purim (9:20-10:3)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Follow

Get the latest posts delivered to your mailbox: