The refusal: Vashti’s “Such a time as this” (part 4)

But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command delivered by the eunuchs. At this the king became enraged, and his anger burned within him. (Esther 1:12 ESV) Vashti’s refusal is the climax of her story. But is it an example of rebellion or assertiveness? Some readings of Vashti are highly critical of her denial, suggesting that she was disobedient, rebellious or playing power games of her own. The EEC is more measured, but…

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