Details for Esther
Esther is a female character in the Old Testament who outwits her enemies in a deadly game of palace politics. In a thoughtful examination of Esther, we discover that it is a book rich in wonder, mystery, and artistic literary expression. The excellent Hebrew narrative of Esther, with its twists and turns, continues to make it a favourite book for many of us today. This unit will take you into the Persian world of Esther, and its post-exilic context. We will particularly explore with Esther ‘where is God?’ - for this narrative is crafted in such a way that the name of the LORD is never mentioned, yet God is present in every situation.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Unit code: BIB313
- Credit points: 10
- Total workload hours per week: 10
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 3 *
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit Esther is part of the subject area Biblical Studies and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This course unit is an examination of the book of Esther and its narrative world.
- Interpreting Hebrew narrative
- Critical approaches to Esther
- Exegesis of selected passages
- Excurses on various methods
- Theology of Esther
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, tutorials, small group work, student presentation, dramatic reading, web-based interaction
Major essay (50%, 2500 words); Exegetical Essay (30%, 1500 words); Forum Postings (20%, 2500 words)
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- Beal, T.K.The Book of Hiding: Gender, Ethnicity, Annihilation, and Esther. Biblical Limits, London: Routledge, 1997.
- Berlin, A.Poetics and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative. Sheffield: SAP, 1983.
- Brenner, A (ed.).A Feminist Companion to Esther, Judith and Susanna. Sheffield: SAP, 1995.
- Bush, F.W.Ruth, Esther. WBC, Nashville: Word, 1996
- Clines, D.J.A. Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther. NCBC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1984.
- Fox, M.V.Character and Ideology in the Book of Esther. 2nd ed. Columbia:
- USCP, 2001.
- Gunn, D. M. and Fewell, D. N. Narrative in the Hebrew Bible. Oxford Bible Series, Oxford: OUP, 1993.
- Jobes, K.H.Esther. NIV Application Commentary, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.
- Levenson, J. D.Esther: A Commentary. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1997.
- Meyers, C. L.Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context. New York: OUP, 1988.