Esther is the last historical book in the Old Testament and it, like Ruth, does not propel the main story line any further. In fact, the book of Nehemiah is the last book in the chronological flow of Israel’s history. Esther is a story that takes place between chapters 6 and 7 of the book of Ezra. Esther takes place during the reign of Xerxes in the land of Persia in between the return of Zerubabbel and Ezra.

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