Commentaries on Esther

Back to:
Bible Commentaries

Nehemiah  ⇐ ⇒  Job

.

For more great commentaries on Esther, be sure to check:
Commentaries on the Whole Old Testament
& Whole Bible Commentaries

.

.

Order of Contents

Best  5
More  9
Early Church  1
On Esther Generally  1
For Bible Study  1
Life of Esther  1
Authenticity of  1
In Poetry

 

 

The Best Commentaries

Beginner

Piper, John – Esther  Buy  2012  64 pp.  The work is a poem.

.

Intermediate

Carson, Alexander – Providence Unfolded: Containing the History of Providence as Unfolded in the Book of Esther  1851  182 pp.

Carson (1776-1844) was an Irish Presbyterian who later became a Baptist.

Lawson, George – Discourses on the Whole Book of Esther  1st ed. 1804, 1870  180 pp.  

Lawson was a Scottish Secession minister.

*** – “Intended for the general reader.  The discourses are as spiritual and unaffected as their excellent author.  Dr. John Brown, in commending all the Lawson books, says that ‘he has rendered subjects, apparently barren, full of instruction.'” – Spurgeon

M’Crie, Thomas (the elder) – Lectures on the Book of Esther  Buy  1838  330 pp.

M’Crie the elder was an important Scottish Secession Church minister.

*** – “Dr. Davidson says of Dr. M’Crie: ‘There is an ancient fable of a king who was gifted with the power of turning everything he touched into gold; and this eminent divine and historian possessed remarkably the gift of rendering every subject he handled so precious, as at least to discourage any one from attempting to follow in his track.  In his Lectures upon the book of Esther, he has certainly left little for any to say who may come after him.'” – Spurgeon

.

Advanced

Keil, K.F. – Commentary on Esther

** – “Just the kind of book in which Keil’s method of commenting appears to the best advantage.  He gives much needful information, and thus supplements more didactic works.  We cannot read Keil with pleasure, for we want spiritual meat, but yet it is most desirable for us to know what the text really means.” – Spurgeon 

.

.

More Commentaries

1500’s & 1600’s

Merlin, Pierre – A Most Plain and profitable Exposition of the book of Esther delivered in 26 Sermons  ToC  1599

Merlin (1533-1603) was reformed.

Cooper, Thomas – The Church’s Deliverance, containing Meditations and Short Notes upon the Book of Esther, in remembrance of the wonderful deliverance from the Gunpowder-Treason [Plot]  GB  1609

Cooper’s (fl.1609-1626) theological persuasion is unknown.

*“We have not been able to meet with this work.” – Spurgeon

.

Beginner

Cumming, James – The Book of Esther: Its Spiritual Teaching, a Devotional Commentary  Buy  1907  181 pp.

Davidson, Alexander – Lectures, Expository and Practical, on the Book of Esther  1859

**  “Helpful lectures.  The Book of Esther is here used for instruction in doctrine and practice.  The work is not so much for the study as for the family.” – Spurgeon

.

Intermediate

Adeney, Walter – Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther  in the Expositor’s Bible  Reprinted by Klock & Klock

Allen, John – A Spiritual Exposition of the Old Testament: from Joshua to the end of the Psalms  1816

‘Spiritual reflections after the high Calvinistic school.  Some preachers cannot see Christ where He is, but Allen finds Him where He is not.  There is in these reflections much godly savor, but very little exposition.’ – Spurgeon  

This Allen was not the one that translated Calvin’s Institutes.  James Darling said that Allen was an Antinomian (one who believes that Christians are not bound by moral injunctions).  Antinomians, not believing that moral injunctions should be derived from God’s Word, often replaced this large aspect of Scripture’s teaching with finding Christ everywhere in the Bible, especially the Old Testament. 

Hughes, John – Esther and her People, being a Practical Exposition of the Chief Incidents Recorded in the Book Bearing her Name in 10 Sermons  1842

**  “Good evangelical discourses, but nothing very special.” – Spurgeon

Raleigh, Alexander – The Book of Esther: Its Practical Lessons and Dramatic Scenes  Buy  1880  274  Reprinted by Klock & Klock

‘A devotional study with practical lessons based upon the dramatic scenes of this book.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Taylor, William – Esther the Queen  1891  167 pp.  being the 2nd half of Ruth the Gleaner and Esther the Queen

Taylor (1829–1895) was a Scottish Presbyterian who later ministered in America at Broadway Tabernacle Congregationalist Church in New York.

.

.

The Early Church on Esther

Conti, Marco – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther  Buy

.

.

On Esther Generally

De Graaf, S.G. – ‘A Witness: Esther 1-10’  1977  10 pp. in Promise and Deliverance, vol. 2: The Failure of Israel’s Theocracy, pp. 439-449

De Graff is a Dutch Reformed author who focuses on the unfolding of the Covenant through history.  He writes in an easy to read, but insightful style.

.

.

For Bible Study

Bush, George – Scripture Questions Designed Principally for Adult Bible Classes: Deut.-Esther

Bush was a Biblical scholar, a professor of oriental literature in New York City University, and initially a presbyterian minister.

.

.

Life of Esther

Whyte, Alexander – Esther  in Bible Characters, vol. 1  d. 1921

.

.

The Authenticity of Esther

Urquhart, John – ‘The Book of Esther’  1895  52 pp.  being chs. 2-4 in Book 3 of The Inspiration and Accuracy of the Holy Scriptures  

.

.

Esther and Paraphrases thereon in Poetry

See the subsection on Esther on our Bible in Poetry page.  See also John Piper’s work above.

.

.

.

Related Pages

Whole Bible Commentaries

Old Testament Commentaries

New Testament Commentaries