12 Days of Christmas Quiz – Day 1

This Christmas I will be uploading 12 Bible quizzes from the magazine Sunday at Home first published in 1889. One question will be placed on my blog each day and the answer the next day in the comments. My wife and I enjoyed trying to answer them and we hope you do to. You may need a King James Version for some of questions. There are no prizes – just the fun of pitting your wits against Christians from 1889!

A City of Scripture No. 1

1. This city had two names; another city was built by an old inhabitant and called by one of the names.
2. “The terror of God” fell on some cities near it.
3. Before the temple was built, a feast to the Lord was held yearly in a town just to the north of this city.
4. A famous judge visited it, and two friends passed through it together.
5. Sacrifices were offered there, both to Jehovah and to an idol, and idolatrous priests dwelt there.
6. When a company went up against it “the Lord was with them “; one of its citizens betrayed it to the enemy.
7. A vow was made there.
8. A woman was buried there, and h famous palm-tree grew near.
9. A young king met three men on their way thither and received a gift from them.
10. Spoil from the Amalekites was sent to the elders there by a king.
11. Three miracles took place there, on the same day.
12. A priest from Samaria, who had been taken prisoner, came and dwelt there.
13. A traveller sat down to rest under a tree near it.
14. Forty-two people were killed there in one day, but not in battle.
15. A prophet was sent there who foretold the birth of a good king.
16. One who had just visited the city met with sudden death.
17. The ashes remaining from idolatrous vessels that had been burned, were carried there.

A New Bibliographic Resource on the Book of Esther

I have just received details of the following book, which may be of interest to some:

Edith Lubetski and Meir Lubetski, The Book of Esther: A Classified Bibliography. Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-905048-33-5. pp.288.

This comprehensive bibliography to scholarly works on the biblical book of Esther contains over 1900 references. It includes titles of books, collected works, Festschriften, theses, journal articles, essays in collections, encyclopedia and dictionary articles, and online material. It is a classified bibliography, arranged in three categories-commentaries, biblical chapters and verses, and subject headings in alphabetical order.

The scope of the bibliography is international, and its focus is on research from the last hundred years. Scholars, students, clergy, and librarians — among them literary scholars, sociologists, historians, linguists, art historians, feminists, and Christian and Jewish scholars — will find this unique volume an indispensable resource and stimulus to further research.

Edith Lubetski is Head Librarian, Hedi Steinberg Library, Yeshiva University, New York. Meir Lubetski is Professor of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Baruch College, City University of New York.


The authors of this bibliography have given us a marvelous work, one composed with great industry, patience and skill. Its broad coverage, including older commentaries that might not be so well known, will make it a most valuable resource to both scholars and students. Also, the authors have carefully brought out the multiple topics in a work, not always clear from its title, and have greatly facilitated the researcher’s task by giving full listings under each subject, without the need for cross references. It’s a bibliography fit for a queen!

Peter Kearney, Library of Congress Hebraica Team, retired

The Book of Esther is, to say the least, enigmatic. Of all the biblical texts recovered amongst the so-called Dead Sea Scrolls, there is no trace of Esther. Indeed, the rabbis of yore argued over its inclusion in the biblical canon, for how can it be a holy text if God and God’s Name are absent? Yet this small book of the Bible has inspired scholarly exegetes and popular novelists, as the Lubetskis demonstrate in this exemplary bibliography of two-hundred and eighty-six pages. I daresay it sets a standard that others will have to match. And, Deo volente, would that others attempt to tackle the remaining twenty-three books of the Hebrew Bible!

Philip E. Miller, Director, the Klau Library
Hebrew Union-College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York

Past President, the Association of Jewish Libraries, 1982-1984

The Lubetskis have created a comprehensive and thoughtfully organized bibliography of Esther scholarship. It will undoubtedly be a valuable tool in all areas of Esther studies.

Professor Michael Fox, University of Wisconsin