Karen H. Jobes


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Series: NIV Application Commentary
Categories: Esther
Tags: PastoralDevotional


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4.72222222222222 out of 5 based on 9 user ratings
Graham Ware October 18, 2016 5 5
This is the only commentary I own on Esther at the moment. But this is a solid example of what a mid-level, pastoral commentary should look like. It is not only written with expertise of the subject (Jobes did her doctoral research on the Greek text of Esther) but is done in a way which is engaging, challenging, and fun even (and how often do you get to say that about a commentary?). The introduction is not just a revisiting of the usual intro topics (date/structure/canonicity etc - though Jobes covers all of these very capably) but an exercise in hermeneutics and the doctrine of Scripture. The uniqueness of Esther presents key theological questions which Jobes brings to the fore. How is a text which doesn't mention God, the Law, Temple, worship, etc. to be understood as holy scripture? What can we say about inspiration and authority from a text like this? Throughout, Jobes is able to capture the artistry of the text and all the subtle plays which make Esther so potent.
Mark Heath July 22, 2010 5 5
Outstanding example of the strengths of the NIVAC series - explaining the historical background and meaning, but moving on to very interesting discussion of the theological issues raised by the text. [Full Review]
John Glynn September 20, 2008 5 5
Karen Jobes has written the most engaging, interesting, and helpful commentary on the book of Esther presently available. Her knowledge of the text is extensive, and her insights into current application are valuable. The commentary is accessible to laymen, but should be useful to pastors and scholars as well. [Full Review]
Peter Gurry September 3, 2008 5 5
This is an amazing little work. Clear and lucid, Jobes has not ducked the tough issues in this literary treasure. She avoids idealizing any of the characters and let's the text speak for itself. When the text is silent, Jobes argues, we should be silent. If we are not told why Esther went to the harem we should not speculate. The only weakness was Jobes's discussion of chapter 9 and the Jewish defense. She interprets their self-defense through the lens of Old Testament Holy War, an interpretation I deem unwarranted from the text itself. But judge for yourself. This is a marvelous commentary.
Brian LeStourgeon July 29, 2008 4.5 5
This is the only NIVAC on my First Commentaries list. Jobes is clearly informed by the scholarship, but is fully focused on explaining and applying the literary themes of the book.
Very useful commentary that offers theological reflection and practical applications based on solid exegesis. Evangelical. [Full Review]
Denver Seminary Journal June 16, 2008 4 5
Very useful commentary that offers theological reflection and practical applications based on solid exegesis. Evangelical. [Full Review]
Tremper Longman, III May 20, 2008 5 5

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