Author: Jackson Lashier

Dr. Jackson Lashier is Associate Professor of Religion and Chair of the Social Science Division at Southwestern College. He has a Ph.D. from Marquette University. He has a passion for connecting the historic doctrines of the church to everyday lives of Christians and is the author of "Irenaeus on the Trinity" (Brill, 2014).
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Jackson Lashier ~ Advent, Esther, & the Absence of God

As good as the story of Esther is, however, it presents us with a problem: God is absent. Unlike other Old Testament stories, where we read of God appearing to Abraham or working behind the scenes to foil the plans of the Pharaoh, the story of Esther never mentions God. Rather, the characters in Esther appear to be acting on their own. God, it seems, is absent.