Complete Scroll of Esther
Hebrew manuscript, Megilath Esther, with unusual pictorial illuminated panels.
A “HaMelech” scroll. Written in a youthful hand, carries initials at beginning and at end: “M.D.E.E.” Also bears Hebrew date at end “1892” and location of “Solokin(?)”
The Book of Esther forms part of Ketuvim (Writings) which is the third section of the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible. A short book consisting of 10 chapters and 167 verses, it is one of only two biblical books in which God does not get a mention. The divine presence and intervention are nevertheless felt throughout the narrative, whose central figure, a Jewish maiden called Esther saves the Jews of Persia from an annihilation plot, and is crowned Queen of Persia.