Enjoy­ing the Book of Esther: The Bible in Rhyme

Mar­cia Goldlist
  • Review
By – February 2, 2016

Goldlist has under­tak­en a third book in her rhyming Bible series. This book chron­i­cles the sto­ry of the Book of Esther in detail, chap­ter by chap­ter. At the end of the book there is a sum­ma­ry of the sto­ry, also in rhyme. The text remains true to the orig­i­nal, with lit­tle inter­pre­ta­tion insert­ed. It can eas­i­ly be read like a sto­ry and enjoyed by those who have nev­er heard the tale before, but is also a help­ful sum­ma­tion that gives the sto­ry anoth­er dimen­sion for those who are famil­iar with the basics. The poet­ry is writ­ten in rhyming cou­plets but it does not stick to a stan­dard meter, and the read­ing may be cum­ber­some at times.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 14 and up.

Dro­ra Arussy, Ed.D., is an edu­ca­tion­al con­sul­tant who spe­cial­izes in inte­grat­ing Jew­ish and sec­u­lar stud­ies, the arts into edu­ca­tion, and cre­ative teach­ing for excel­lence in Jew­ish edu­ca­tion. She is the moth­er to four school-age chil­dren and has taught from pre-school through adult. Dro­ra is an adjunct pro­fes­sor of Hebrew lan­guage at Drew University.

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