MA in Pastoral Ministry

OTST 570 - Readings in the English OT: Esther 








Professor: Constance Gane, PhD
Date: March 23-27, 2014
Location: Columbia Union Conference Office, Columbia, Maryland

Course Description:

Through a careful examination of the text of Esther, the student will:

  1. Study the text in its brutal, historical context of the Persian Wars. Hebrew and Persian documents, archaeological remains, and Greek historians will be brought into the discussion to facilitate the recognition of significant textual under tones.
  2. Learn to understand how possible authorship and dating is arrived at while maintaining scholarly integrity when examining the historicity of Esther. In this context the student will learn that the relationship between biblical narrative and history is probably one of the most important issues in evangelical hermeneutics today. Through the study of the book of Esther, the student will have the opportunity to recognize that God has in fact worked in history through events that really happened.
  3. Grapple with the plain reading of the text which demands an honest look at the ethics of choosing to conceal one’s identity in the name of survival, disquieting moral ambiguity, the apparent absence of religious values, and the presence of sensuality and brutality as a recourse for survival.
  4. Examine the larger theological question for God’s people when their status with respect to the covenant is broken. In this context, the student will explore the power of a crisis which forces one to make a decision for God.
  5. Finally, the student will encounter the providence of God as seen in the story of Esther in which God is invisible, inscrutable and silent, a story which resonates with many in our postmodern world.

Class Resources:

    Reservation Form (The reservation period is closed for this class). 
    Location Information 
    Extra Materials: Moore, Judaica- Esther, Judaica- Mordecai, Judiaica-Persia, Judaica-Purim, Esther and History-Shea Intro to OT -Esther, SDABC- Esther, The First Purim-Hallo, The Palace of Susa


Attendee List:

  1. Charles D. Brooks II
  2. Tiffany Brown
  3. Michael J. Cox
  4. Marleena Debrough
  5. Shawn Fordham
  6. Lisa Green
  7. Sherry Hall
  8. Denise Hayden
  9. Ronald Knott
  10. Darnel Marius
  11. Ottoniel Mendez
  12. Elvis Mogere
  13. Adam Ramdin
  14. Israel Ramos
  15. Hiram Rester
  16. Leandro Robinson
  17. Pierre A. Seide
  18. Charity Stone
  19. Tom Stone
  20. Lillian Torres