BR 12:05, Oct 1996
Has Every Book of the Bible Been Found Among the Dead Sea Scrolls?
It is a commonplace that every book of the Hebrew Bible except Esther has been found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Actually, this is true only if you count Ezra-Nehemiah as one bookas, indeed, it is so regarded in Jewish traditionsince only a fragment of Ezra, but not Nehemiah, has been identified.
But why not Esther? Some have suggested theological reasons: Esther is not a particularly religious book; it lacks any interest in Judah and its cultic institutions; and it has a sympathetic view toward the gentile King Ahasuerus. Moreover, it is the only book of the Hebrew Bible that does not mention the name of God.a