The frequency and scale of the bloodshed in the Old Testament is enough to repel any reader with an ounce of humanity. The book of Esther is no exception: blood gushes out of the ninth chapter as the Jews massacre their enemies. How could such unbridled slaughter be in accordance with the divine will? In his final talk on Esther, given at a recent Sunday morning service, Peter Adam takes a few minutes out to consider this uncomfortable question.

The full talk is available here and the complete series here in audio and video.