"... supplied on shortcst'oouccv—Board duriag he whole of Paswver, on modemte terms. of Vashti having taken place in the third year, and the reception of Esther into'the palace in Tebeth of the is received..."
"... a " novel with a purpose." He summarises the objections to the historicity of the book, admits that " it is impossible satis-factorily to indentify either Esther or Vashti with Amestris, whom we gather..."
"... with their fragrant usefulness. The Targum knows nothing of the oldcritical attempt to identify Esther with Amestris, who is mentioned by Herodotus (viii., 114., Tx., 110) as the Queen "of Xerxes at the time when..."