Who Wrote The Book Esther In The Bible?


what date did queen esther become queen?

-- 539 BC ----Esther born Hadassah, was a Jewish prophet and queen of the Persian Empire in the Hebrew Bible, the queen of Ahasuerus (traditionally identified with Xerxes I), and heroine of the Biblical Book of Esther which is named after her. The name Esther comes from the Persian word "star".

As a result of Esther's intervention and influence, Jews lived in the Persian Empire for 2400 years thereafter. Esther's husband Ahasuerus followed in the footsteps of Cyrus the Great, in showing mercy to the Jews of Persia: Cyrus had decreed an end to the Babylonian captivity of the Jews upon his conquest of Babylon in 539 BC.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esther
Setting
The Biblical Book of Esther is set in the third year of Ahasuerus, a king of Persia. The name Ahasuerus is equivalent to Xerxes, both deriving from the Persian Khashayarsha, thus Ahasuerus is usually identified as Xerxes I (486-465 BCE), though Ahasuerus is identified as Artaxerxes in the later Greek version of Esther (as well as by Josephus, the Jewish commentary Esther Rabbah, the Ethiopic translation and the Christian theologian Bar-Hebraeus who identified him more precisely as Artaxerxes II . The Book of Esther tells a story of palace intrigue and genocide thwarted by a Jewish queen of Persia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Esther

Purim Jewish holiday?

The Jewish holiday of 'Purim' is celebrated on March 21st 2011 (today). Is it appropriate to wish someone a 'Happy Purim holiday' ? - I know nothing about the Jewish religion btw

"Happy Purim" would work. Purim is a holiday to celebrate the saving of the Jewish people by Esther. (see book of Esther in the bible) Haman tricked the King to order the murder of all Jewish people the king did not know Queen Esther was Jewish. Esther came uncalled to the king's court room (an act punishable by death. Esther had taken her life in her hands and mamged to save herself and all Jewish people.
Haman was hanged on his own gallows.

What is the source for the Fast of Esther?

@PPG - Will do. @not 2 be fooled: imo's "courage" interpretation is plausible. There aren't that many people on Y!A who could answer this question, I guess they're all asleep now... @not 2 be fooled - What does Jesus have to do w' anything? Do you even know who fasts on the Fast of Esther? TO CLARIFY: I'm asking for the source of the contemporary Fast of Esther, not the source of Esther's fasting in the Book of Esther.

When Haman convinced King Xerxes to put out a decree to kill all of the Jews, Queen Esther told Mordecai (her cousin who was a guard) to tell all of the Jews to fast and pray for 3 days to give her courage to go to the king and ask him to stop the decree.
Oh, and Queen Esther was also a Jew (although King Xerxes didn't know it at the time).

***ETA***
@ Not 2 B fooled: No, it does not say this Exactly, but it does imply it (at least in my version; NIV) That's what a lot of the Bible is- interpretation.

Esther4:15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."

Who wrote everything in the Bible?

I know the Bible is about God and all, but God couldn't have possibly wrote it himself, right? So who did write the Bible?

Who wrote the books of the Bible?
Moses is the primary author of Genesis through Deuteronomy (known as the Torah). He compiled the pre-flood manuscripts of the early chapters of Genesis, along with other manuscripts from which comprised Genesis. He wrote the other four books of the Torah during the 40 years Israel wandered in the wilderness. Joshua wrote most of the book bearing his name, while Samuel completed the final portion of that book, in addition to Judges and Ruth. Samuel edited his own additions, plus portions of the Torah. Samuel also wrote much of the initial chapters of I Samuel (see I Sam. 10:25). The prophet Isaiah wrote the remainder of I Samuel as well as II Samuel and I and II Kings. Much of the work by Samuel and Isaiah was done by collecting and compiling older accounts recorded by prophets close to when the events took place. For example, Elijah had written much of what Isaiah compiled as part of the books of the Kings. I and II Chronicles, Ezra and Esther were recorded by Ezra, who was the primarily used by God to edit, compile and canonize the entire Old Testament.

The book of Job was most likely written by Job. King David wrote more than half of the Psalms. Others portions of that book were written by Moses, Hezekiah, Solomon and others. King Solomon also wrote Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon. Jeremiah authored the book of Lamentations.

Daniel, Ezra and Nehemiah wrote the books bearing their names. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi were all prophets God used to also record the books of the Bible that bear their names.

In the New Testament, the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John and Jude were all written by the men after whom they are named. Luke also wrote the book of Acts. The apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon and Hebrews. The apostle John recorded the book of Revelation.

Christians: How was the Bible combined as ONE holy book written by several authors?

I mean if Matthew, mark, luke and john, wrote a book including paul, how was the bible combined into ONE holy book. I mean the fact that the bible perfectly swings from genesis to revelation is perfect in chronology and duration.I truly believe in the Holy Bible and do not doubt GOD whatsoever. But it is a simple question.

this will interest you, it's a short film on the history of the Bible and how we come to have it today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtO-7xN26ME&feature=g-like&context=G246bbb7ALT0Rx9wABAA

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