[610] Esther may or may not be canonical

We do think Esther is canonical due to these verses.

22 according to the days on which the Jews had rested from their enemies and the month that was changed for them from grief to rejoicing and from mourning to a good day, to hold them as days of banqueting and rejoicing and sending of portions to one another and of gifts to the poor people. (Esther 9 NWT)

14 For if you are altogether silent at this time, relief and deliverance themselves will stand up for the Jews from another place; but as for you and your father's house, you people will perish. And who is there knowing whether it is for a time like this that you have attained to royal dignity? (Esther 4 NWT) [Great Divine wisdom]

But it is a book that does use the world God and is the story of a woman who slept her way to the top. So God is not quite what you would imagine from Leviticus23!

1 Now it came about in the days of Ahasuerus, that is, the Ahasuerus who was ruling as king from India to Ethiopia, [over] 127 jurisdictional districts, (Esther 1 NWT)

127 whole months of the Kingdom from 2008Nisan22, the start of the Kingdom, to 2018Tebbeth16/17, the appointment of the Kingdom? 

The Characters in the whole book may work as follows...

Ahasuerus is the GB
The King is the Evil Slave
Haman [Magnificent] is the head of the Writing Committee/Service Committee
Zeresh [Gold], his wife, is the Writing Committee/Service Committee
Vashti [Beautiful], the Queen is the original remnant (not said to be the wife of Ahasuerus or the king). These being 90 years old and more and having served the Watchtower for 70 years and more did not want to go and live in the Bethel  in 1995 or thereabouts. So the GB needed younger 1NC saints to serve as a part of the slave.
Esther [Star], the Queen, is the 1NC reserves in Laodicea.
Esther, is the 1NC reserves
Hadassah [Myrtle, aromatic oil, white flowers, blue berries] is the 1NC reserves in the Watchtower before sanctification
Mordecai [little man, worshipper of Mars] in the Angel of Laodicea
The Jews, Mordecai's people are the Laodiceans
Mordecai's father is Gordon the brother of Russell the father of Esther. Mordecai was sanctified under EC4. 
Abihail [my father is might], Esther's father is Russell (she was sanctified under his water baptism).
The first house of the women, under the eunuch Hegai [eunuch] is 1NC claimants who wish to serve with the Evil Slave
The second house of the women under the eunuch Shaashgaz [servant of the beautiful], the guardian of the concubines is all those who have had their application to serve processed. Those who are succeed, being called by name, are recognized by the GB as being 1NC saints, although most of them are not such.
The Royal house of King Ahasuerus is the inner circle of the Evil Slave
Shusan the castle is all the Bethels worldwide.
The Realm of Ahasuerus is the Watchtower.
The 127 Jurisdictional districts are all the districts with a Bethel. 

7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the 12th year of King Ahasuerus [2017Nisan], someone cast Pur, that is, the Lot, before Haman from day to day and from month to month, [to] the 12th, that is, the month Adar [Inheritance by lot in the acceptable year of Isaiah61] (Esther 3).

The wording is deliberately ambiguous as to whether Haman cast lots all year or he cast lots to determine which day of the year this would be. It is obvious on reflection that he did not cast lots all year. They were good enough at casting lots to make a random choice of a day and a month in one day back then. But in the greater meaning, the bible research took all of the 12th year of independent rule of the Governing Body of the JWs. 

8 Is there also to be a raping of the queen, with me in the house? (Esther 7) Literally no there wasn't. Symbolically yes there was. 

Esther Apochryphal additions to Chapter 13

1: The copy of the letters was this: The great king Artexerxes writeth these things to the princes and governours that are under him from India unto Ethiopia in an hundred and seven and twenty provinces.
2: After that I became lord over many nations and had dominion over the whole world, not lifted up with presumption of my authority, but carrying myself always with equity and mildness, I purposed to settle my subjects continually in a quiet life, and making my kingdom peaceable, and open for passage to the utmost coasts, to renew peace, which is desired of all men.
3: Now when I asked my counsellors how this might be brought to pass, Aman, that excelled in wisdom among us, and was approved for his constant good will and steadfast fidelity, and had the honour of the second place in the kingdom,
4: Declared unto us, that in all nations throughout the world there was scattered a certain malicious people, that had laws contrary to ail nations, and continually despised the commandments of kings, so as the uniting of our kingdoms, honourably intended by us cannot go forward.
5: Seeing then we understand that this people alone is continually in opposition unto all men, differing in the strange manner of their laws, and evil affected to our state, working all the mischief they can that our kingdom may not be firmly established:
6: Therefore have we commanded, that all they that are signified in writing unto you by Aman, who is ordained over the affairs, and is next unto us, shall all, with their wives and children, be utterly destroyed by the sword of their enemies, without all mercy and pity, the 14th day of the twelfth month Adar of this present year:
7: That they, who of old and now also are malicious, may in one day with violence go into the grave, and so ever hereafter cause our affairs to be well settled, and without trouble.
8: Then Mardocheus thought upon all the works of the Lord, and made his prayer unto him,
9: Saying, O Lord, Lord, the King Almighty: for the whole world is in thy power, and if thou hast appointed to save Israel, there is no man that can gainsay thee:
10: For thou hast made heaven and earth, and all the wondrous things under the heaven.
11: Thou art Lord of all things, and and there is no man that can resist thee, which art the Lord.
12: Thou knowest all things, and thou knowest, Lord, that it was neither in contempt nor pride, nor for any desire of glory, that I did not bow down to proud Aman.
13: For I could have been content with good will for the salvation of Israel to kiss the soles of his feet.
14: But I did this, that I might not prefer the glory of man above the glory of God: neither will I worship any but thee, O God, neither will I do it in pride.
15: And now, O Lord God and King, spare thy people: for their eyes are upon us to bring us to nought; yea, they desire to destroy the inheritance, that hath been thine from the beginning.
16: Despise not the portion, which thou hast delivered out of Egypt for thine own self.
17: Hear my prayer, and be merciful unto thine inheritance: turn our sorrow into joy, that we may live, O Lord, and praise thy name: and destroy not the mouths of them that praise thee, O Lord.
18: All Israel in like manner cried most earnestly unto the Lord, because their death was before their eyes. 

The Hebrew Canon was fixed before Jesus' ministry and Jesus, the word of God would surely have been nelgigent had he failed to point out that books were either missing or added to it??


Esther May not be Canonical

14 For if you are altogether silent at this time, relief and deliverance themselves will stand up for the Jews from another place; but as for you and your father's house, you people will perish. And who is there knowing whether it is for a time like this that you have attained to royal dignity? (Esther 4 NWT)

These are the words of someone who has faith in Jehovah and is good evidence that Esther is, in fact, canonical.

The book of Esther is in the Hebrew canon. It is in the part of the old testament called the writings. It is the story of King Ahasuerus (Artaxerex Longimanus) of Persia and of Mordecai, Haman, Esther, Vashti and others. There is no reason to include it in the bible canon that we have found by research other than its being there. Here are the reasons why it should not be in the bible canon.

1. No other book in the bible canon either in the old or the new testaments refers to the characters Esther or Mordecai or Haman or Vashti or quotes from any part of the book of Esther.

2. Esther is the only old testament book absent from the texts found in the Qumran caves.

Although all of the OT books but Esther were found at Qumran, many other writings were also found there in the same caves with little or no distinguishing features in them that could be used to argue that they were held in separate esteem from the books that were finally included in the OT biblical canon. This is especially so in the case of the Temple Scroll and the Manual of Discipline (Lee Martin MacDonald, First Baptist Church).

3. Esther is the only book in the entire bible (other than Song of Solomon) not to mention God or Jehovah.

4. No character in the book other than Ahasuerus is verified by any other historical text.

5. The book contains a Banquet of wine that lasted 187 days...

3 in the 3rd year of his reigning he held a banquet for all his princes and his servants, the military force of Persia and Media, the nobles and the princes of the jurisdictional districts before himself,
4 when he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honor [and] the beauty of his greatness for many days, 180 days.
5 And when these days had come to the full, the king held a banquet for 7 days for all the people that were found in Shushan the castle, for the great as well as the small, in the courtyard of the garden of the king's palace.
6 There were linen, fine cotton and blue held fast in ropes of fine fabric, and wool dyed reddish purple in silver rings and pillars of marble, couches of gold and silver upon a pavement of porphyry and marble and pearl and black marble.
7 And there was a passing of wine to drink in gold vessels; and the vessels were different from one another, and the royal wine was in great quantity, according to the means of the king.
8 As regards the time of drinking according to the law, there was no one compelling, for that was the way the king had arranged for every great man of his household, to do according to the liking of each and every one (Esther 1).

This is an absurdy long and debauched party, lasting over half a year, wherein the top brass of the kingdom drank as much wine as the king could afford! Yet it passes without comment on its gluttony!

6. King Ahasuerus slept with a different virgin every night...

12 And when the turn of each young woman arrived to go in to King Ahasuerus after it had happened to her according to the women's regulation for 12 months, for that was the way the days of their massage procedure were gradually fulfilled, 6 months with oil of myrrh and 6 months with balsam oil and with the massages of the women;
13 then on these conditions the young woman herself came in to the king. Everything that she would mention would be given her, to come with her from the house of the women to the king's house.
14 In the evening she herself came in, and in the morning she herself returned to the second house of the women in charge of Shaashgaz the king's eunuch, the guardian of the concubines. She would not come in anymore to the king unless the king had taken delight in her and she had been called by name.

Outrageous fornication and sexual corruption of these women. Yet it passes without comment on its immorality!

7. In the end the Jews are saved by the courage of Esther who got her position by fornicating with the king very satisfactorily and by looking extremely beautiful. These although wonderful qualities in any girl are not righteous qualities.

8. The book proposes to add a festival to the Jewish law which Moses evidently overlooked, called the Festival of Purim to be held on Adar14,15 competing with the Passover and the sabbath of cakes only one month in advance. This is rather like the way that Jehoboam invented a festival for himself on Heshvan15 precisely one month after the festival of Booths on Tishri15...

32 And Jeroboam went on to make a festival in the 8th month on the 15th day of the month, like the festival that was in Judah, that he might make offerings upon the altar that he had made in Bethel, to sacrifice to the calves that he had made; and he put in attendance at Bethel the priests of the high places that he had made.
33 And he began to make offerings upon the altar that he had made in Bethel on the 15th day in the 8th month, in the month that he had invented by himself; and he proceeded to make a festival for the sons of Israel and to make offerings upon the altar to make sacrificial smoke (1 Kings 12).

Esther describes how Mordecai wrote a decree to carry out this festival that was not commanded by God...

20 And Mordecai proceeded to write these things and send written documents to all the Jews that were in all the jurisdictional districts of King Ahasuerus, the nearby and the distant ones,
21 to impose upon them the obligation to be regularly holding the 14th day of the month Adar and the 15th day of it in each and every year
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22 according to the days on which the Jews had rested from their enemies and the month that was changed for them from grief to rejoicing and from mourning to a good day, to hold them as days of banqueting and rejoicing and sending of portions to one another and of gifts to the poor people.
23 And the Jews accepted what they had started to do and what Mordecai had written to them (Esther 9).

This festival does not glorify God. It glorifies Mordecai and Esther.

9. Esther contains no literal prophecy and does not point towards Jesus who was hanged upon a stake (unlike Mordecai).

10 At that I fell down before his feet to worship him. But he tells me: Be careful! Do not do that! All I am is a fellow slave of you and of your brothers who have the work of witnessing to Jesus. Worship God; for the bearing witness to Jesus is what inspires prophesying (Revelation 19).

10. There are extra parts to Esther which are accepted as Apocryphal.

The Lords' Witnesses first began to suspect that Esther was non canonical when they could not work out anything sensible at all from it in any greater meaning. We have not noun counted it as yet! Then we discovered that many argue it is not canonical. Then we formulated the above arguments. The Lords' Witnesses suspect that Esther was included in the Old Testament bible canon by the Pharisees in order to justify the continued celebration of the Feast of Purim.

This fits really well but was wrong!!

1 Now it came about in the days of Ahasuerus, that is, the Ahasuerus who was ruling as king from India to Ethiopia, [over] 127 jurisdictional districts,
2 [that] in those days as King Ahasuerus was sitting upon his royal throne, which was in Shushan the castle,
3 in the 3rd year of his reigning he held a banquet for all his princes and his servants, the military force of Persia and Media, the nobles and the princes of the jurisdictional districts before himself,
4 when he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom [The Kingdom of God] and the honor [and] the beauty of his greatness for many days, 180 [days] [2008Nisan17 to 2008Tishri17].
5 And when these days had come to the full, the king held a banquet for 7 days [??] for all the people [1AC and upwards] that were found in Shushan the castle [FDS4], for the great as well as the small, in the courtyard of the garden of the king's palace [Zoar. The area before you enter Eden].
6 There were linen, fine cotton and blue held fast in ropes of fine fabric, and wool dyed reddish purple in silver rings and pillars of marble, couches of gold [dinner and marital couches for the 1NC saints] and silver [dinner and marital couches for the 2NC saints] upon a pavement of porphyry [solid doctrine] and marble [level surface is a perfect literal understanding] and pearl [wisdom] and black marble [perfect hidden understandings] [LW doctrine is that majestic].
7 And there was a passing of wine to drink in gold vessels [vessels drunk out of for the first time]; and the vessels were different from one another [different covenants], and the royal wine was in great quantity [wine for covenants to be kings], according to the means of the king [144,000 2NC kings + 12,000 2NC reserves + 6,000 1NC reserves].
8 As regards the time of drinking according to the law, there was no one compelling [drinking the cups of the kingly covenants could be extended throughout the festival], for that was the way the king had arranged for every great man of his household, to do according to the liking of each and every one [the law of drinking only on Nisan14/Iyyar14 was suspended].
9 Also, Vashti, the queen [the 1NC reserve saints] she gave a banquet for the women [the memorial 2008 - some banquet] at the royal house [The Watchtower, the second house of the 1NC] that belonged to King Ahasuerus [Jesus in heaven].
10 On the day, the 7th [not said to be of the banquet. We take it to be the 1,000 year Sabbath] when the king's heart [Gordon, the earthly vassal, king's heart] was in a merry mood with wine [having drunk some cups of the Lord's evening meal], he said to Mehuman [not meangel], Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha and Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas [bomb official?], the 7 court officials [a day for a court official] that were ministering to the person of King Ahasuerus,
11 to bring Vashti, the queen in the royal headdress [wearing her crown since the INC reserves, once water baptized are one flesh with the queen and the king] before the king [Gordon], to show the peoples and the princes her loveliness; for she was beautiful in appearance.
12 But Queen Vashti kept refusing to come at the king's word that was [conveyed] by means of the court officials [she did not come and celebrate the Lord's evening meal properly in 2008, but denied the Christ 3x]. At this the king grew highly indignant and his very rage flared up within him [oh oh].
13 And the king proceeded to say to the wise men having knowledge of the times [the bible decoders] for in this way the king's matter [came] before all those versed in law and legal cases,
14 and those closest to him were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, [and] Memucan, 7 princes of Persia and {7 princes of} Media, having access to the king, [and] who were sitting first in the kingdom [the Carshena class come in during the festival, they being the result of turning water into wine. The 7 princes again stand for 7 days]:
15 According to law what is to be done with Queen Vashti because she has not performed the saying of King Ahasuerus by means of the court officials? [what to we do with these 1NC reserves when they show up on each of the 7 days you represent.]
16 To this Memucan said before the king and the princes: It is not against the king alone that Vashti, the queen has done wrong, but against all the princes and against all the peoples that are in all the jurisdictional districts of King Ahasuerus [Yes, she has damaged all of the true people of God and many faithful people who have been kept in the dark].
17 For the affair of the queen [the 1NC reserve kings] will go out to all the wives so that they will despise their owners in their own eyes [all the congregations will despise their overseers], when they say, 'King Ahasuerus himself said to bring in Vashti, the queen before him, and she did not come in.' [idea is repeated??]
18 And this day the princesses of Persia and [the princesses of] Media, who have heard the affair of the queen, will talk to all the princes of the king, and there will be plenty of contempt and indignation [the female 1NC reserves will be upset with the male 1NC reserves].
19 If to the king it does seem good, let a royal word go out from his person, and let it be written among the laws of Persia and  [the laws of] Media [LWs and JWs][The LWs had some 'media' attention during Cakes!], that it may not pass away, that Vashti may not come in before King Ahasuerus [the priesthood of the 1NC saints is suspended in TCC4]; and her royal dignity let the king give to a companion of hers, a woman better than she is.
20 And the decree of the king that he will make must be heard in all his realm for it is vast, and all the wives themselves will give honor to their owners, the great as well as the small.
21 And the thing was pleasing in the eyes of the king and the princes, and the king proceeded to do according to the word of Memucan [so they can baptise each other until the 7th day of Memucan. Sfter that the principle of Memucan kicks in. In fact we can only strip them of their priesthood after the Jubilee. Law is suspended during the festival and the Jubilee. Reserves cannot baptise and minsterial servants cannot administrate].
22 So he sent written documents to all the king's jurisdictional districts, to each jurisdictional district in its own style of writing and to each people in its own tongue, for every husband to be continually acting as prince in his own house and speaking in the tongue of his own people (Esther 1).

Esther Chapter 2

12 And when the turn of each young woman arrived to go in to King Ahasuerus [I will be silent and poor] after it had happened to her according to the women's regulation for 12 months, for that was the way the days of their massage procedure were gradually fulfilled, 6 months with oil of myrrh and 6 months with balsam oil and with the massages of the women [this looks like 50% of the kingdom goes to the 1NC reserves and the other 50% goes to the 2NC Kings. 2 different oils for two different spirit baptisms]
13 then on these conditions the young woman herself came in to the king [to be tested spiritually]. Everything that she would mention would be given her [forgiveness of all sins], to come with her from the house of the women [JAC] to the king's house [temple].
14 In the evening she herself came in, and in the morning she herself returned to the second house of the women [ICC, the true church] in charge of Shaashgaz [Servant of the beautiful, FDS4] the king's eunuch, the guardian of the concubines. She would not come in anymore to the king unless/except/until the king had taken delight in her and she had been called by name.
15 And when the turn of Esther [star, the 1NC reserves] the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, whom he had taken as his daughter, arrived to come in to the king, she did not request anything except what Hegai the king's eunuch, the guardian of the women, proceeded to mention all the while Esther was continually gaining favour in the eyes of everyone seeing her.
16 Then Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus at his royal house in the 10th month, that is, the month Tebbeth [this is literal and must apply to 2011Tebbeth], in the 7th year of his reign.
17 And the king came to love Esther more than all the other women, so that she gained more favour and loving-kindness before him than all the other virgins. And he proceeded to put the royal headdress upon her head [marrying Jesus] and make her queen instead of Vashti [1NC reserves substitutes the dropped out 1NCs].
18 And the king went on to hold a great banquet for all his princes and his servants, the banquet of Esther [the 3 New Passovers] and an amnesty for the jurisdictional districts he granted, and he kept giving presents [gifts of the spirit] according to the means of the king.
19 Now when virgins were collected together a second time [2nd New Passover?], Mordecai was sitting in the king's gate.
20 Esther was not telling about her relatives and her people, just as Mordecai had laid the command upon her; and the saying of Mordecai Esther was performing, just as when she happened to be under care by him.
21 In those days while Mordecai was sitting in the king's gate, Bigthan [in their winepress: Administration of Laodicea] and Teresh [Strict: ES2], 2 court officials of the king, doorkeepers [door blockers more like], became indignant and kept seeking to lay hand on King Ahasuerus.
22 And the thing came to be known to Mordecai, and he immediately told Esther the queen. In turn Esther talked to the king in Mordecai's name.
23 So the matter was sought out and eventually found out, and both of them got to be hanged on a stake [they were both publicly exposed as what they truly were] after which it was written in the book of the affairs of the days before the king (Esther 2).