THE PSEUDO-BIBLICAL BOOK OF ESTHER --
MAINSPRING OF ZIONISM
(National Prayer Network) -- by Rev. Ted Pike --
Every book in the Bible condemns the violent racism of modern Zionism… except one: the book of Esther. The source of the annual feast of Purim, Esther celebrates the Jews' slaughter of more than 75,000 Gentiles (which included women and children). No Biblical book has so influenced evangelical attitudes toward Israel, especially in approving Israel's brutality against Arabs. Esther thus plays a pivotal role for both Jews and Christians in their unconditional defense of the state of Israel.
For nearly 2,000 years, a minority of Christian scholars have been troubled by the book's omission of anything truly spiritual. Athanasius, some of the church fathers, and Martin Luther rejected it as apocryphal. The book never mentions God; nor do its protagonists, Esther and Mordecai. The Jewish people are delivered from annihilation yet never resort to prayer or thanking God afterward.
Instead, this book exalts and appeals to racist Jewish tribalism and appetite for revenge. It began the now familiar Zionist theme: long-suffering Jews as victims of irrational hatred from murderous Gentiles. It celebrates the triumph of Jews who obtain peace not by faith in God but by slaughter.
Ancient as it is, Esther’s message is current. It echoes the cries of Jewish protesters in Israel last month who shouted, “Kill Arabs! Kill those who want to destroy Israel! Kill them before they kill us! "
Is Esther a Jewish Fable?
The story begins with King Ahasuerus (possibly Xerxes) around 450 B.C. desiring a new wife to replace rebellious Queen Vashti. But the names of the book's hero and heroine, Mordecai and Esther, are derived from "Marduk" and "Ishtar," the head male and female deities of Babylon! This should sound alarm bells to Christians.
Why would supposedly pious Jews accept the names of the chief gods of Babylon, the moral cesspool of antiquity? Why is God’s name never mentioned, yet these names of Babylonian arch-deities are constantly honored?
At the time of its writing (perhaps 150 years after Jewish exile under Nebuchadnezzar) Jews were rapidly reflecting Babylonian/Persian culture. The Jewish Encyclopedia indicates that by that time lay teachers, the "Sopherim," forerunners of the scribes and Pharisees, were already absorbing the theology, customs, and superstitions of Babylon. Much of this would be included in the later Babylonian Talmud. At that time it was highly popular to name children after Marduk and Ishtar. In revealing that Jews were doing the same, Esther reflects an increasing Babylonian influence on Jewish theology and culture.
In chapter 3 the king promotes a Hitler persona, Haman, above all princes in his kingdom. Did this really happen? The meticulous chronicles of Persia record no such person or, for that matter, "Queen Esther" or Mordecai.
Haman hates the Jewish Mordecai and seeks to destroy all Jews. This is the classic Jewish stereotype: Gentiles inexplicably infected with the satanic "disease of anti-Semitism," compelled to destroy God’s chosen people.
The king, responding to a proposal made by Haman, thinks genocide of Jews in his kingdom is a good idea. Really? The record of the Persian kings was general respect for subdued peoples, not capricious annihilation.
Mordecai, hearing of the "Holocaust" to come, laments but does not cry to God. Instead, he utters a loud and bitter wail, not unlike the "Never forget!" litany of modern Judaism. Esther takes action but with no reference to the Almighty. Fasting is commanded, but without even lip service to the God who could give such deprivation meaning and power. (Fasting is not uniquely Biblical or intrinsically demonstrative of faith in God. Ezekiel, in fact, reveals that apostate Jewish women wept in mourning for Tammuz, goddess of Babylonia. Ezekiel 8:11) Mordecai counsels Esther with high-sounding but pseudo-scriptural admonitions (Esther 4:13-14).
The crisis ends when Haman, after attempting to hang Jewish Mordecai, is hung on his own gallows. It is discovered that Mordecai had once protected the king from assassination yet received no reward. Mordecai is exalted to the right hand of power in Persia. Now favorable to the Jews, the king authorizes the Jews to kill all of their enemies who are suspected of murderous intent. The book indicates that the king, having made the decree that the Jews should be killed, is bound under the laws of the Medes and Persians which says that imperial decrees cannot be revoked. Thus, he is forced to keep his original edict intact, while giving Jews the right to kill Gentiles first...
The rationale of Esther is that if Jews suspect bias motivation against them that will endanger Jewish lives then it is their God-given right to take preemptive action and kill Gentiles first. This is exactly what the Talmud recommends, and it infuses the mentality of the IDF in Israel against Palestinians today. It is the basis on which the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith portrays Jews as perennial victims of hateful, anti-Semitic, even homicidal bias motivation on the part of Gentiles. Such paranoia deeply undergirds ADL's mentality that only hate crimes laws, outlawing such forbidden thoughts, can solve the problem of anti-Semitism.
Jewish revenge under Mordecai is the basis of the feast of Purim, celebrating both Jewish paranoia and vengeance. It is now the ethical standard for the Jewish right to revenge in Palestine. It also empowers Israel to violate the sovereign territory and air space of other nations in order to violently stop possible aggression against Israel. Doesn't Mordecai's program perfectly express Israel's demand that the U.S. and other nations join her in launching preemptive air strikes against Iran?...MORE...LINK
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