Esther Chapter 9, Poetically Re-arranged by Thomas
On both days of the feast the modern Jews read over the Megillah, or Book of Esther, in their synagogues. The copy read must not be printed, but written on vellum in the form of a roll; and the names of the ten sons of Haman are written on it in a special manner, being ranged, they say, like so many bodies on a gibbet ...
The Book of Joshua had its beginnings with Moses. Moses was called by God to be the leader of the Hebrew people. He was the one who led the Hebrews out of their slavery and bondage in Egypt. They would leave the familiarity of Egypt, represented as bondage and oppression, to head into the desert.
Joshua’s name means “The Lord is salvation.” Joshua will come to understand the fullness of his name as God would use him to bring salvation to the Israelites from their enemies. Under Joshua’s leadership, the Lord would save them.
In preparing to enter the land, Joshua sends two spies to check out the territory, especially the city of Jericho. The Israelites’ reputation had preceded them as the king of Jericho heard that they entered his country and sent men looking to find them.