Punishment and exile: Vashti’s “such a time as this” (part 5)

Vashti’s refusal of the king’s command is arguably the climax of the opening of the book of Esther. Indeed, it was so revolutionary in the context that the king didn’t know how to respond. So, he did something that he does throughout the book of Esther. He relied on the wisdom of others. Then the king said to the wise men who knew the times (for this was the king’s procedure toward all who were…

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