This year Purim, (the Feast of Lots), falls on March 7 (technically sundown, March 6th) You’ll find the Purim story in the book of Esther. Scripture does not command us concerning this holiday, but it certainly is a tale worth retelling, as it narrates the wicked Haman’s attempted genocide of the Jewish people and God’s preservation of the Jews through the Jewish queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai.
For Jews for Jesus’ perspective, watch for the special Purim section that will appear on our web sites in the next couple of weeks. Till then, you if you’d like to read a basic introduction from a mainstream Jewish point of view, check Judaism 101 where you will also find a recipe for hamantaschen, the special three-cornered Purim pastries.
For a more in-depth look at the holiday, the Department for Jewish Zionist Education offers you this fun-filled potpourri of Purim “stuff” (there’s so much here, we didn’t know how else to describe it).
Over at the Biblical Studies Foundation, you can delve into the book of Esther with a series of Bible studies (scroll down the page until you come to Esther). BSF is staffed by evangelical Christians largely associated with or graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary, so you can expect a high quality of Bible exposition.
Although Purim is in modern times a “fun” holiday, the theme of anti-Semitism runs beneath and around the story. CBN offers a Christian view of “Anti-Semitism and the Feast of Purim”.
Since Purim reminds us that anti-Semitism is still very much alive it is also a good reminder to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and that Jewish people throughout the world will come to place their hope in the Prince of Peace rather than in a political solution.