God Unseen: A Theological Introduction to Esther by Nathan WardGod Unseen: A Theological Introduction to Esther by Nathan Ward

God Unseen: A Theological Introduction to Esther

byNathan Ward

Paperback | November 17, 2015

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Preachers and commentators often focus on Esther as a story of divine providence. Many go so far as to say that the absence of any mention of God in Esther is proof of his presence-a tenuous foundation upon which to build a case! GOD UNSEEN argues that Esther is indeed intended to be read in a religious context and that it does speak to God's providence, but shows this by a careful comparison of the text of Esther with many other Old Testament narratives that it echoes, thus setting it squarely in a canonical context. The result of such a contextual reading will give credence to the belief that God should be seen in those silences.Esther closely parallels life in 21st-century western culture. It tells the story of people who know how to be righteous followers of God, but who are surrounded by a world of paganism and, far too often, find themselves assimilating rather than standing apart. The characters receive no special revelation from God, nor does he seem to be present at all in their lives. Many Christians today live under a similar set of circumstances, so its message is vital. GOD UNSEEN's argument that the book of Esther is religious and that God is present in the narrative will help give practical shape to modern questions of what it means to live during the apparent silence of God.
Nathan Ward, D.Min., is professor of Biblical studies at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Fla. He is author of The Growth of the Seed: Notes on the Book of Genesis and Daybreak: A Guide to Overcoming Temptation and editor of Beneath the Cross: Essays and Reflections on the Lord's Supper and Leaving a Mark: The Lectures of Phil Robert...
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Title:God Unseen: A Theological Introduction to EstherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.47 inPublished:November 17, 2015Publisher:DeWard PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1936341808

ISBN - 13:9781936341801

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"Nathan Ward has produced a well-informed study of Esther, which examines fairly the many complexities of the book, offers intriguing intra-textual connections with other Scriptures, and suggests some helpful spiritual lessons which can be derived from its text."

Edwin M. Yamauchi
Professor of History Emertius
Miami University