How do you pronounce the author’s name: Doo-good ?
I am glad to see, according to rev. Keister’s review, he is not trying to cover up Esther’s clear compromises (participating in a beauty contest, marrying a unbeliever, etc.). Yes, God grace is more abundant than our sins, praise God, but grace are only known well against the background of our sins. Many a ‘romantic novel’ on Esther are written from a perspective of her being the great heroin sacrifising herself for her people, some kind of liberation-feminist theology spin on the story.
What is his view on Est.2:8, were Esther forced to go to the beauty contest, or did she and her uncle went along, seeing it as a oppurtinity to get a place in the world ?
My understanding is that his last name is pronounced “DUG-ed.”
His comments are probably best summarized on p. 20: “Probably very few would have resisted the royal summons, and many would have regarded it as a wonderful opportunity to have a comfortable, if pointless, existence. For many, it would seem almost like winning the lottery. If that seems a bizarre notion in our culture, where personal freedom is so idolized, think of the many people around us who pour their entire working careers into jobs they dislike, or even despise, in return for a comfortable salary and relative job security. The empire may have changed its shape and the kinds of demands it makes of us and of our children, but our world is not so very different after all.”
I had the privilege of taking classes from Dr. Duguid at WSC. The quality of his teaching is reflected in these commentaries. You should have seen pens fly on paper (or fingers fly on keyboards) when after lecturing on a passage he’d say, “Now, how could this passage be preached?” Feverish note taking would ensue!!
I’ve often thought it interesting that Esther and Mordecai were second cousins and, in that pagan culture, represented opposite ends of the “success ladder.” These two people, and how they reacted to their respective situations, shows, once again, how God, in His sovereignty, can control even the most seemingly intractable situations.
Does the author have anything interesting to say specifically regarding their relationship?
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens; Justification, by John Fesko; The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan; Recovering the Reformed Confessions, by Scott Clark; Brief Outline of Theology, by Friedrich Schleiermacher; Principles of Sacred Theology, by Abraham Kuyper
Books I am now reading
Exodus commentaries; Matthew commentaries; Turretin's Institutes of Elenctic Theology; Baker's new history of the church
Books for future reading
Turretin's Institutes; Joseph Caryl on Job, German encyclopedias of theology