Monday, October 27, 2014
Apocrypha - Additions to Esther
6 additional chapters
The Book of Esther has ten chapters, and Chapter 10 has three verses. Except in the Apocrypha it keeps going.
The rest of Chapter 10 is Mordecai declaring a dream he had, which showed that Israel would be a mighty nation, where he and Haman are represented by two dragons. Chapter 11 introduces Ptolemeus and Cleopatra, and a Levite priest named Dositheus introduces an epistle describing Mordecai's dream, and the remaining five chapters go on to recap the story of Esther, although with some subtle differences to the events. For one, the recap implies Haman was a Greek, which wasn't historically true.
Martin Luther wanted the entire book thrown out of the Bible, not really seeing its value.