|Publication Date||July 6, 2012|
Few words are required to introduce to the reader the learned author of the present work, as he is already known to English theologians by his Commentaries on Judges and Ruth in Lange s Bihelwerk. In Germany the author deservedly enjoys a wide reputation, for his books on religious, social, and scientific subjects are indeed legion, and his ministerial and philanthropic activity is appreciated by all classes, from the emperor to the poorest labouring man. This volume will supply a want long felt, for it elucidates the book of Esther in such a vivid and graphic manner as to make the reader realize the wonderful dealings of God with His chosen and thrice-redeemed people. Herodotus, the Talmud, the Midrashim, and other ancient books, as well as modern discoveries, reports of travellers concerning Persian customs and manners, and philological science, have been brought to bear their respective testimonies to the truth of the recorded events. To this book are applicable, to a large extent, the weighty words of the Ven. Archdeacon Farrar in the Exioositor of January 1888, where he says, When we study a great modern commentary we are indeed heirs of all the ages. And again :P hilology, which is a science still in its infancy, has aided and enriched our modern scholarship.
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