Purim and the Persian Empire
A historical, archaeological and geographical perspective
By Yehuda Landy
Strictly Orthodox rabbis have generally been wary of archaeology as a weapon wielded by sceptics to challenge the truth of the Bible.
So Rabbi Yehuda Landy’s coffee-table Megillah, published by the Orthodox Feldheim house, is unusual in using ancient sources to present a backdrop to the events of the Purim story.
Colourfully illustrated with plentiful photographs and diagrams, the guide was inspired by a visit to an exhibition on the Persian empire at the British Museum a few years ago.