Presented in the splendor of Renaissance illumination: Queen Esther saves the Jews from certain annihilation by the scheming Haman

Book of Esther

Book of Esther

Book of Esther

  1. After becoming the wife of King Ahasuerus, Esther foils a plot to kill all the Jews in Persia without divine intervention

  2. It is one of only two books in the Hebrew Bible that does not explicitly mention God

  3. This uplifting story is illustrated with musicians, cherubs, and classical architectures in bas-de-page miniatures

Book of Esther

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  • Buch Esther
Book of Esther  – MS A 14 – Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest, Hungary)
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In the Book of Esther, a beautiful Jewish maiden living in Persia catches the eye of King Ahasuerus, who has set aside his wife. After becoming his queen, she foils a genocidal plot against the Jews by the scheming advisor Haman. The story is now one of the five scrolls of the Hebrew Bible and is the foundation of the festival of Purim. This ancient festival is presented here in the splendor of Renaissance décor.

Book of Esther

The Book of Esther is one of the five scrolls in the Hebrew Bible and its story forms the backbone of the festival of Purim, which commemorates the deliverance of the Jews from a genocide by the Persians. After being selected by King Ahasuerus, who is believed by most modern scholars to have been King Xerxes I (519-465 BC), the Hebrew woman Esther becomes Queen of the Persians and uses her influence to thwart the vizier Haman’s desire to kill all the Jews in the Persian Empire. Instead, Haman, his sons, and their followers are the ones who are massacred. The text of the Book of Esther is interesting in that it is one of only two books in the Hebrew Bible that does not explicitly mention God. Unlike other apocalyptic texts like the Book of Daniel, in which the Jews are saved by divine intervention, the crisis depicted in the Book of Esther is resolved solely through human action. The story is considered to be of such importance that it is read twice during Purim. Here the story is presented in a lovingly illuminated Renaissance scroll rendered in delicate pastel colors. Human figures play instruments, cherubs hold up crowns, great vases hold flowers, and classical architectures surround the splendid Hebrew text. Bas-de-page miniatures in floral frames illustrate the events of the text. It is a refined work of illumination worthy of this historic Jewish festival.

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Eszter Könyve
Book of Esther  – MS A 14 – Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest, Hungary)
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Eszter Könyve

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
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Helikon – Budapest, 1989
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1 volume by Marianna H. Takács
Language: Hungarian
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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