I'm trying to understand how the earlier generations saw Purim. Ezrah and his B"D wrote a series of books, such as Ezrah, Divrei Hayamim and more.

Is the Purim story or Meggilat Ester mentioned in them?


In Megillah 11a, R' Dimi bar Yitzchak says that a phrase in Ezra's prayer (9:9), ויט עלינו חסד לפני מלכי פרס, refers to the events of Purim.

  • On the same page other rabbis find hints to Esther in Mishlei, Kohelet, Yeshaya and more. – Double AA Apr 2 '19 at 0:50
  • @DoubleAA True, but those obviously aren't contemporary, but prophetic. But why shouldn't we assume that Ezra would make reference to something that happened scarcely a decade earlier? – Meir Apr 2 '19 at 3:44
  • If it happened before he could be. There's just no indication from this line that it happened already. Besides why aren't you citing 4:6? – Double AA Apr 2 '19 at 11:01
  • @DoubleAA I think that in a public prayer, Ezra is more likely to be referring to something specific that already happened. (The other examples from Tanach either aren't prayers, or - as in the example from Tehillim - are fairly generic.) And as for 4:6, that would be more relevant to the now-deleted comment thread on the OP about whether and how secular history fits with Tanach, but there's nothing in that verse that refers to Purim, just to Achashverosh. – Meir Apr 2 '19 at 13:25

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