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Nathan Ward has produced a well-informed study of Esther, which examines fairly the many complexities of the book, offers intriguing intra-textual connections with other Scriptures, and suggests some helpful spiritual lessons which can be derived from its text. Edwin M. Yamauchi Professor of History Emertius Miami University" Placing his approach in the wider history of interpretation, Ward shows how Esther works theologically through its interaction with the rest of the canon. From this, he shows how it continues to provide guidance for Christian readers today. This helpful study enables Christians to understand why we need this strange book in our canon. David G. Firth Lecturer in Old Testament St. Johns College, Nottingham " Ward does an excellent job of leveraging careful exegesis about an historically misunderstood book to help Christian readers understand its truly theological assumptions and implications. Timothy S. Laniak Dean and Professor of Old Testament Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary "